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The Reader in the Book

A Study of Spaces and Traces

Stephen Orgel

November 2017

ISBN: 9780198737551

192 pages
Paperback
203x135mm

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Oxford Textual Perspectives

Price: £18.99

The Reader in the Book examines the history, archaeology, and sociology of the use of margins and other blank spaces in early modern books to shed light on reading practices, how books were read, and what early modern readerse wanted texts to tell them.

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The Reader in the Book examines the history, archaeology, and sociology of the use of margins and other blank spaces in early modern books to shed light on reading practices, how books were read, and what early modern readerse wanted texts to tell them.

  • Provides an excellent introduction to book history
  • Shows how the history of the book as an object is a starting point for much more wide-reaching study
  • Includes interesting and provocative examples
  • Generously illustrated

About the Author(s)

Stephen Orgel, J. E. Reynolds Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University

Stephen Orgel is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor in the Humanities at Stanford. He has published widely on the political and historical aspects of Renaissance literature, theater, and art history. He has taught at Harvard, Berkeley and Johns Hopkins, and has been visiting professor at universities throughout the world. In addition to his eight books, he has edited Ben Jonson's masques, Christopher Marlowe's poems and translations, the Oxford Authors John Milton, The Tempest and The Winter's Tale in The Oxford Shakespeare, and several novels by Trollope and Edith Wharton in the Oxford World's Classics. He is a general editor of the New Pelican Shakespeare.

Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    1: Reading in Action
    2: Learning Latin
    3: Writing for the Stage
    4: Spenser from the Margins
    5: Scherzo: The Insatiate Countess and the Puritan Revolution
    6: Reading with the Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery
    7: Coda: A Note from the Future
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"good value ... a study of early modern marginalia but also — the bit I'm looking forward to — a reflection on our more recent idolization of the clean, unmarked page." - Hal Jensen, Summer Books selection 2016, Times Literary Supplement

"As Orgel presents his succession of case studies he shows that careful attention to how books were used can enlarge our understanding of the purposes to which earlier readers put them." - Austen Saunders, Cambridge Quarterly