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How Romantics and Victorians Organized Information

Commonplace Books, Scrapbooks, and Albums

Jillian M. Hess

June 2022

ISBN: 9780192896070

320 pages
Paperback
203x135mm

Oxford Textual Perspectives

Price: £18.99

This volume studies an important manuscript form of nineteenth-century England: the commonplace book and its descendent, the scrapbook. It explores the tradition of managing information in nineteenth-century England and excavates notes and drafts of the most important works in Romantic and Victorian literature.

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This volume studies an important manuscript form of nineteenth-century England: the commonplace book and its descendent, the scrapbook. It explores the tradition of managing information in nineteenth-century England and excavates notes and drafts of the most important works in Romantic and Victorian literature.

  • Studies the commonplace books, albums, and scrapbooks of Romantic and Victorian writers such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sir Walter Scott, George Eliot, and Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Introduces unstudied, and understudied, materials and includes images of manuscripts that have never been published
  • Offers a timely investigation into the relationship between technology, knowledge production, information management, and literary forms
  • Places canonical authors' notebooks within the commonplace-book tradition

About the Author(s)

Jillian M. Hess, Associate Professor of English, Bronx Community College, City University of New York

Jillian M. Hess is Associate Professor of English at Bronx Community College, CUNY.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Anatomy of the Commonplace
    Part I. Organizing Ideas
    2:Commonplace Books of the Imagination
    3:Laboratory Commonplace Books
    4:Commonplace Books of History
    Part II. Organizing People
    5:Social Commonplace Books
    6:Commonplace Books of Mourning
    Coda