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Social Authorship and the Advent of Print Hardcover – Aug 1999

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080186139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801861390
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 463 g
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"A complex, nuanced portrait of English reading and writing during the Restoration and early eighteenth century... Ezell's deeply intelligent, challenging book will thus interest not only early modern specialists, but a more general readership concerned with issues of authorial identity and technological change." -- Marjorie Swann, Rocky Mountain Review

About the Author

Margaret J.M. Ezell is the John Paul Abbott Professsor of Liberal Arts at Texas A & M University. Her books include Writing Women's Literary History, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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"Social authorship" -- publication by manuscript transmission, rather than via the printing press -- did not cease with the advent of print or even with the emergent capitalist literary economy of the 18th century. Instead, as Margaret Ezell demonstrates in splendidly researched and presented detail, many writers -- women, folk outside the metropolis, members of various social circles -- continued in the 18th century to eschew print. Perhaps the suprising chapter in this book is Ezell's discussion of "The Very Early Career of Alexander Pope," about Pope's habit of allowing his early poems to mature during several years of manuscript transmission (and revision) before committing them to print. Throughout, however, this is a remarkably readable and illuminating study.