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Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England

Erin A. McCarthy

Abstract

Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England focuses on early modern publishers’ efforts to identify and accommodate new readers of verse that had previously been restricted to particular social networks in manuscript. Focusing on the period between the maturing of the market for printed English literature in the 1590s and the emergence of the professional poet following the Restoration, this study shows that poetry was shaped by—and itself shaped—strong print publication traditions. By reading printed editions of poems by William Shakespeare, Aemilia Lanyer, ... More

Keywords: early modern Britain, print, manuscript, publication, poetry, readers, William Shakespeare, Aemilia Lanyer, John Donne, book trade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198836476
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198836476.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin A. McCarthy, author
Lecturer in Digital Humanities, University of Newcastle, Australia