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Family authorship and romantic print culture

Family authorship and romantic print culture

Levy, Michelle

Through examination of the practices and texts of literary families, this title traces an alternative history of Romantic authorship, one that lies on the cusp between a vanishing manuscript culture and the dominance of print; that reflects a struggle in Romantic self-identity between communities of feeling and individual genius

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Michelle Levy
ISBN: 0230545122, 9780230545120
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 240 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Series: Palgrave studies in the Enlightenment, romanticism and cultures
Subject: Printing; Romanticism; Great Britain Social life and customs 18th century.; Romanticism.; Authors, English 18th century Family relationships.; Family Great Britain History 18th century.; Authorship History 18th century.


  1. List of Illustrations Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction Family
  2. Nation
  3. and the Radical Education of Barbauld and Aikin Coleridge
  4. Manuscript Culture
  5. and the Family Romance of Print Working Families and the Children's Book Trade The Shelleys
  6. the Wordsworths
  7. and the Family Tour Literary Remains
  8. Family Editors
  9. and Romantic Genius Epilogue Notes Works Cited Index


Pursuing this aspect of literary history enables Levy to add an important dimension to our understanding of the complexity of Romantic print culture, in part by offering a more nuanced sense of the relations between manuscript and print cultures...Levy's focus on the collaborative processes of various family members adds a layer of historical specificity to this emphasis on the ongoing connections between print and manuscript technologies....Levy's focus on the family as a site of cultural production also casts important new light on debates about sociability which have developed in the wake of Gillian Russell and Clara Tuite's groundbreaking collection, Romantic Sociability ...In doing so, Family Authorship , like Dreaming in Books and Romantic Misfits , goes a long way to 'help[ing] us to see how the printed book was a far more richly imagined and far more diversely used media object than we have traditionally assumed' (Piper 5).' - Paul Keen, European Romantic Review