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.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118585184


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.

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