Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books

Marginalia Readers Writing in Books From Pierre de Fermat to Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Graham Greene readers have related to books through the notes they write in the margins In this pioneering book the first to examine the phenomenon

  • Title: Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books
  • Author: H.J. Jackson
  • ISBN: 9780300097207
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Pierre de Fermat to Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Graham Greene, readers have related to books through the notes they write in the margins In this pioneering book the first to examine the phenomenon of marginalia H.J Jackson surveys an extraordinary range of annotated books to explore the history of marginalia, the forms they take, the psychology that underlies them, aFrom Pierre de Fermat to Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Graham Greene, readers have related to books through the notes they write in the margins In this pioneering book the first to examine the phenomenon of marginalia H.J Jackson surveys an extraordinary range of annotated books to explore the history of marginalia, the forms they take, the psychology that underlies them, and the reactions they provoke.Based on a study of thousands of books annotated by readers both famous and obscure over the last three centuries, this book reveals the intensity of emotion that characterizes the process of reading For hundreds of years, readers have talked to other people in the margins of their books not only to authors, but also to friends, lovers, and future generations.With an infectious enthusiasm for her subject, Jackson reflects on the cultural and historical value of writing in the margins, examines works that have invited passionate annotation, and presents examples of some of the most provocative marginalia Imaginative, amusing, and poignant, this book will be treasured by and maybe even annotated by anyone who cares about reading.

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    1. Maybe you have to be a lit nerd and compulsive annotator like me to love this book, but boy, did I love it! It's fascinating to see Jackson sketch out a humble history of annotation from 1700 to the present, and his conversational tone throughout took what could have been a dull subject and made it a pleasure to read. Also, maybe this is just because I've read too much literary criticism which likes to present its claims as utterly true and incontrovertible despite the obvious impossibility of m [...]

    2. This book was the foundation for my term paper on marginalia. It is the definitive work on the subject, filled with fascinating anecdotes and analysis. It is, however, short on statistics or data analysis (admittedly so). I recommend it for anyone interested in the history of books or the history of reading. You'll be engrossed!

    3. This unfortunately was not as interesting as I thought it would be. I can't say that it dealt with much I hadn't already thought about. Some of the case studies were interesting but it got tedious reading them after a while.

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