Kirk Melnikoff: Elizabethan Publishing and the Makings of Literary Culture
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Publishing has grown far and fast over the past centuries, yet the origins of printing and bookselling still remain, to some degree, in the dark. Melnikoff approaches this in Elizabethan Publishing and the Makings of Literary Culture with a measured and precise framework—investigating some of the most influential sixteenth century publishing practices and people whose influence has maintained a foothold in the business and publishing techniques we use today. Melnikoff attempts to not only compile and organize the history of Elizabethan publishing practices, but goes further to address the tensions, evolution, and significance of printers and booksellers’ businesses in an accessible and detailed account.
Elizabethan Publishing and the Makings of Literary Cultureis organized into five chapters. Within each of these is nestled a rich trove of information regarding the how’s and why’s of printers and booksellers. The book begins with descriptions of how book-trade publishers acquired,...