Romantic Readers: The Evidence of Marginalia
When readers jot down notes in their books, they reveal something of themselves—what they believe, what amuses or annoys them, what they have read before. But a close examination of marginalia also discloses diverse and fascinating details about the time in which they are written. This book explores reading practices in the Romantic Age through an analysis of some 2,000 books annotated by British readers between 1790 and 1830.
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In a survey of readers' notes from the last three centuries, I made historical claims the proof of which lay outside the scope of that preliminary study, declaring that since reading is a social art (everyone is taught to read), ...
I therefore endeavor to set the scene for the investigation of Romantic-period marginalia by describing the commercial and social environment of reading: the availability of books, developments in publishing and marketing, and attitudes ...
I am most grateful to the Killam Foundation of the Canada Council for the Arts, which awarded me two precious years of freedom from other academic responsibilities, and to the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, ...
In 1793 Horace Walpole deplored the ''herd of idle readers''—here there is no explicit social distinction—generated by the periodicals, which, as he said, ''must make Introduction: The Reading Environment.
... of readership was a given, just as it was understood that most of the increase came from social groups with little formal education, not only servants and laborers but also the families of shopkeepers and artisans, and most women.
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In this follow-up to her magisterial Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books , Jackson (English, Univ. of Toronto) focuses on annotations that were made in books during the Romantic Age--that exciting ... Read full review