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The Resource Literary sociability in early modern England : the epistolary record, Paul Trolander

Literary sociability in early modern England : the epistolary record, Paul Trolander

Label
Literary sociability in early modern England : the epistolary record
Title
Literary sociability in early modern England
Title remainder
the epistolary record
Statement of responsibility
Paul Trolander
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This study represents a significant reinterpretation of literary networks during what is often called the transition from manuscript to print during the early modern period. It is based on a survey of 28,000 letters and over 850 mainly English correspondents, ranging from consumers to authors, significant patrons to state regulators, printers to publishers, from 1615 to 1725. Correspondents include a significant sampling from among antiquarians, natural scientists, poets and dramatists, philosophers and mathematicians, political and religious controversialists. The author addresses how early modern letter writing practices (sometimes known as letteracy) and theories of friendship were important underpinnings of the actions and the roles that seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century authors and readers used to communicate their needs and views to their social networks. These early modern social conditions combined with an emerging view of the manuscript as a seedbed of knowledge production and humanistic creation that had significant financial and cultural value in England{u2019}s mercantilist economy. Because literary networks bartered such gains in cultural capital for state patronage as well as for social and financial gains, this placed a burden on an author{u2019}s associates to aid him or her in seeing that work into print, a circumstance that reinforced the collaborative formulae outlined in letter writing handbooks and friendship discourse. Thus, the author{u2019}s network was more and more viewed as a tightly knit group of near equals that worked collaboratively to grow social and symbolic capital for its associates, including other authors, readers, patrons and regulators. Such internal methods for bartering social and cultural capital within literary networks gave networked authors a strong hand in the emerging market economy for printed works, as major publishers such as Bernard Lintott and Jacob Tonson relied on well-connected authors to find new writers as well as to aid them in seeing such major projects as Pope{u2019}s The Iliad into print. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Trolander, Paul
Dewey number
826/.309
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR914
LC item number
.T76 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English letters
  • Letter writing
  • Letter writing
  • English prose literature
  • Literature and society
  • Literature and society
Label
Literary sociability in early modern England : the epistolary record, Paul Trolander
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
870985176
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 287 pages
Isbn
9781611494976
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014005971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)870985176
Label
Literary sociability in early modern England : the epistolary record, Paul Trolander
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
870985176
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 287 pages
Isbn
9781611494976
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014005971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)870985176

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