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Miscellanies in manuscript and print

Gibson, Jonathan (2018). Miscellanies in manuscript and print. In: Bates, Catherine ed. A Companion to Renaissance Poetry. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 103–114.

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Collections of poems in manuscript and print by a variety of authors (or 'miscellanies') were one of the most popular means by which early modern readers accessed poetry. This chapter provides a description of these texts and a new account of the shifting relationships between manuscript miscellanies and print miscellanies from the Tudor period to the Restoration. I argue that England's Helicon (1600) marks the point at which printed miscellanies moved away from the attempt to evoke the coterie culture associated with manuscript miscellanies. The chapter concludes with an account of some of the ways in which authors of miscellany poetry addressed its vulnerability to circulation.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISBN: 1-118-58519-4, 978-1-118-58519-1
Keywords: poetry; renaissance; miscellanies; manuscript studies; book history
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
Item ID: 58515
Depositing User: Jonathan Gibson
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 09:52
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2019 06:44
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