Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book

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Cambridge University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.58 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author
Hazel Wilkinson is a Birmingham Fellow at the University of Birmingham, where she lectures on eighteenth-century literature. She has published articles and book chapters on subjects including eighteenth-century literature, typography, and the history of the book trade, and is currently an editor on The Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope (forthcoming). Wilkinson has also created a database of eighteenth-century printers' ornaments in partnership with the University of Cambridge Library.
'A crucial reminder that literary critics and historians alike have much to learn from the study of bibliography and the history of the book when done, as it is here, with evident care, admirable precision, and infectious enthusiasm for its subject.' N. K. Sugimura, The Library
'... a distinguished and learned book ... Wilkinson deploys a formidable range of book historian's skills, allied to a sophisticated awareness of eighteenth-century culture ... a serious piece of scholarship ... that has been skilfully fashioned into a good story.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... a tour de force in bibliographical analysis ... The discoveries made are too numerous to count ... they add considerably to the depth and breadth of our knowledge of Spenser's reception in the eighteenth century.' David Hill Racliffe, The Spenser (www.english.cam.ac.uk/spenseronline)
'Wilkinson's book ... should inspire more scholars to bridge the gap between cultural history and bibliography ... it will be exciting to see how much more we learn about eighteenth-century reprints of poetry because of the new ground broken in Wilkinson's book.' J. P. Ascher, Script & Print
'Hazel Wilkinson argues that The Faerie Queene was the original unread classic: the emblematic textual commodity of an age in which book ownership expanded from the domain of aristocrats and scholars to become a bourgeois expression of taste ... Wilkinson's project traces that Spenserian affect-at once stately and fanciful, imperially grand and appealingly gothic-across the whole of eighteenth-century English culture, from poetry and fiction to architecture, theater, political propaganda, sculpture, painting, and landscape gardening.' Catherine Nicholson, New York Review of Books