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Author Jackson, H. J.

Title Romantic readers : the evidence of marginalia / H.J. Jackson
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 366 pages) : illustrations
Contents Mundane marginalia -- Socializing with books -- Custodians to posterity -- The reading mind
Summary 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. This period experienced a great increase in readership and a boom in publishing. H.J. Jackson shows how readers used their books for work, for socializing, and for leaving messages to posterity. She draws on the annotations of Blake, Coleridge, Keats, and other celebrities as well as those of little known and unknown writers to discover how people were reading and what this can tell us about literature, social history, and the history of the book
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-352) and index
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Subject Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Publishers and publishing -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Romanticism -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004024638
ISBN 0300129491 (electronic bk.)
9780300129496 (electronic bk.)