Literary culture in Jacobean England : reading 1621 /
Paul Salzman.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
xix, 268 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-259) and index.
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Salzman (La Trobe Univ.) undertook to examine everything published in England in 1621. He practices "a certain elementary empiricism" but notes that "a great variety of writing in 1621 was weighted with either direct or oblique political commentary." He demonstrates how "didactic material that might seem bland to the modern reader could be quite inflammatory when it was first written." Salzman's heroes are the intellectual omnivores: the letter-writer John Chamberlain, the melancholiac theorist Robert Burton, even King James himself, who read ballads as well as tomes. Salzman writes informatively and engagingly about neglected or forgotten books. Of Gervase Markham, a kind of one-man shop producing "Idiot's Guides" to various crafts and sports for four decades, Salzman read Hungers Preuention: or, The Whole Art of Fowling by Water and Land. He reports that Markham "possesses a charming didactic style, which always has in mind the 'industrious and diligent Reader' ... who is made to feel wholly competent by the time the book ends." The same may be said of Salzman, who has not forgotten that for Jacobeans "didactic material was inherently entertaining." ^BSumming Up: Recommended. College and university collections supporting work at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. E. D. Hill Mount Holyoke College
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This book offers an unparalleled depth of historical research by surveying the extraordinary richness of literary culture in a single year. Paul Salzman examines what is written, published, performed and, in some cases, even spoken during 1621 in Britain. Well-known works by writers such as Donne, Burton, Middleton, and Ralegh, are examined alongside hitherto unknown works in a huge variety of genres: plays, poems, romances, advice books, sermons, histories, parliamentary speeches, royal proclamations. This is a work of literary history that greatly enhances knowledge of what it was like to read, write, and listen in early modern Britain.
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Preface: 1621
John Chamberlain Reads the Yearp. 1
Selvesp. 13
Transformations of Romancep. 64
Performancesp. 82
Poetryp. 113
Newsp. 140
Instructionp. 159
Conclusionp. 204
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 260
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