Guy of Warwick and Other Chapbook Romances: Six Tales from the Popular Literature of Pre-Industrial England

Author:   John Simons
Publisher:   Liverpool University Press
ISBN:  

9780859894456


Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 August 1998
Format:   Paperback
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Guy of Warwick and Other Chapbook Romances: Six Tales from the Popular Literature of Pre-Industrial England


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The book: Chapbooks formed the staple reading matter of ordinary people, especially the rural poor, during the eighteenth and much of the nineteenth century; they were also read by children of the gentry. The six chapbooks in this volume all derive from romances which were current in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance, and provide a fascinating window on the mental world of rural England and America before the advent of mass media. No previous attempt has been made to produce the full text of a selection of chapbooks for the modern reader; they have remained the province of specialist bibliographers and antiquarians. This volume is designed to make available good reading texts of six chapbooks, and to use them to demonstrate something, of the permanence of romance narratives in early English and American popular culture. The Volume is supported by a full introduction and notes which show the cultural and literary significance of chapbook romances in English and American society, and provides a discussion of the current state of scholarship. The book is fully illustrated with black and white reproductions of woodcuts from original chapbooks.

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Author:   John Simons
Publisher:   Liverpool University Press
Imprint:   University of Exeter Press
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 1.30cm , Length: 21.10cm
Weight:   0.290kg
ISBN:  

9780859894456


ISBN 10:   0859894452
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 August 1998
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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John Simons's edited collection of eighteenth-century chapbooks seeks to provide an insight into the reading habits of the pre-industrial rural and urban poor ... In keeping with his expressed intention of replicating as closely as possible the original reading experience, Simons pursues a non-interventionist editorial policy retaining all misprints... Throughout his introduction and notes, Simons highlights the way in which the chapbooks perpetuated the motifs and concerns of medieval and Renaissance chivalric romance, whilst adapting the narratives for an eighteenth-century and non-elite readership Notes and Queries Volume 46, Number 4 199912


John Simons''s edited collection of eighteenth-century chapbooks seeks to provide an insight into the reading habits of the pre-industrial rural and urban poor. . . In keeping with his expressed intention of replicating as closely as possible the original reading experience, Simons pursues a non-interventionist editorial policy retaining all misprints. . . Throughout his introduction and notes, Simons highlights the way in which the chapbooks perpetuated the motifs and concerns of medieval and Renaissance chivalric romance, whilst adapting the narratives for an eighteenth-century and non-lite readership. -Notes and Queries, Volume 46, Number 4, December 1999


John Simons's edited collection of eighteenth-century chapbooks seeks to provide an insight into the reading habits of the pre-industrial rural and urban poor ... In keeping with his expressed intention of replicating as closely as possible the original reading experience, Simons pursues a non-interventionist editorial policy retaining all misprints... Throughout his introduction and notes, Simons highlights the way in which the chapbooks perpetuated the motifs and concerns of medieval and Renaissance chivalric romance, whilst adapting the narratives for an eighteenth-century and non-elite readership


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John Simons is Head of the School of Humanities and Arts, Edge Hill College of Higher Education.

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