Book-Men, Book Clubs, and the Romantic Literary Sphere

  • Authors
  • Ina¬†Ferris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Bookish Outliers

    1. Ina Ferris
      Pages 1-13
  3. Urban Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Ina Ferris
      Pages 17-44
  4. Beyond the Metropolis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Ina Ferris
      Pages 101-133
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 155-192

About this book


This book re-reads the tangled relations of book culture and literary culture in the early nineteenth century by restoring to view the figure of the bookman and the effaced history of his book clubs. As outliers inserting themselves into the matrix of literary production rather than remaining within that of reception, both provoked debate by producing, writing, and circulating books in ways that expanded fundamental points of literary orientation in lateral directions not coincident with those of the literary sphere. Deploying a wide range of historical, archival and literary materials, the study combines the history and geography of books, cultural theory, and literary history to make visible a bookish array of alterative networks, genres, and locations that were obscured by the literary sphere in establishing its authority as arbiter of the modern book.


Book history Romantic studies literary history print culture book clubs bookmen Thomas Frognall Dibdin country book clubs bibliomania printing clubs Roxburghe Club Bannatyne Club Dalton Book Club John Marsh journals antiquarian clubs Autorschaft culture history of literature Romanticism

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