Shakespeare's First Reader - The Paper Trails of Richard Stonley

Author(s): Jason Scott-Warren


Among [the Folger Shakespeare Library's] voluminous collections of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century books, there survive three volumes of manuscript journals that offer a detailed record of a life lived in the 1580s and 1590s. ... These small books are packed with text, penned in a crabbed hand that presents a challenge to the most accomplished readers of Elizabethan script. As one learns to decipher the entries, a daily round comes into view; we catch glimpses of the working, eating, and praying, the sociability and domesticity, the law-mongering and sermon-gadding, along with fragments of news and gossip.... Records of purchases-of everyday items and more luxurious goods, of food and clothing and furniture, from shops scattered across the city of London-abound, as do payments for services, since these are fundamentally account-books, records of daily expenditure. In amongst the welter of names and dates and places, the eye alights on the titles of books nestling like gems among the variegated stuffs in the late Tudor shopping basket.... Book jacket.

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  • : 9780812251456
  • : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • : October 2019
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jason Scott-Warren
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : near fine
  • : 344