Samuel Pepys and His Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Paperback)

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Samuel Pepys and His Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Paperback)

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Samuel Pepys was a great collector of books, news, and gossip. This study uses his surviving papers to examine reading practices, collecting, and the exchange of information in the late seventeenth century. Offering the first extensive history of reading during the Restoration, it traces
developments in the book trade and news transmission at a time when England was the scene of dramatic political and religious upheavals. The investigation goes beyond Pepys's famous diary of the 1660s, employing a variety of sources to explore the role that reading played in Pepys's life and in the
lives of his contemporaries. It begins by examining what it meant to be a reader in Restoration London: the skills, the people, and the places involved. Pepys's wide-ranging interests serve as starting points for considering news exchange and the reception of major literary genres in the
Restoration. Particular attention is given to conduct books, histories, religious works, and recreational reading (romances, drama, and novels). The appeal that these works held for readers was not always what we might expect -or, indeed, what the authors and publishers had expected. Additional
chapters explore the social interactions surrounding information gathering: the ways people acquired oral and written news in London; the experience of book-buying; and the acquisition of manuscript and print through social networks. Analysed alongside other records, Pepys's papers provide
unrivalled insights into literary and cultural developments in the second half of the seventeenth century.
Kate Loveman, Associate Professor in English Literature 1600-1789, University of Leicester Kate Loveman is Associate Professor in English Literature 1600-1789 at the University of Leicester. She is the author of Reading Fictions, 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture (2008). Her other publications include articles on book history, eighteenth-century novels, andthe introduction of chocolate into England.
Product Details ISBN: 9780192856364
ISBN-10: 0192856367
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English