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Romantic Readers: The Evidence of Marginalia

H. J. Jackson


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. The book shows how readers used their books for work, for socializing, and for leaving m ... More

Keywords: marginalia, Romantic Age, Britain, readership, publishing, Blake, Coleridge, Keats, social history, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300107852
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300107852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. J. Jackson, author