By Daniel Starza Smith
How and why did women and men ship handwritten poetry, drama, and literary prose to their acquaintances and social superiors within the 17th century-and what have been the implications of those communications? inside this tradition of manuscript booklet, why did John Donne (1572-1631), an writer who tried to restrict the stream of his works, turn into the main transcribed author of his age? John Donne and the Conway Papers examines those questions in nice aspect. Daniel Starza Smith investigates a seventeenth-century archive, the Conway Papers, as a way to clarify the connection among Donne and the archive's proprietors, the Conway relations. Drawing on a big volume of basic fabric, he situates Donne's writings in the broader workings of manuscript stream, from the instant a scribe pointed out a resource textual content, during the strategy of transcription and onwards to the social ramifications of this literary stream.
John Donne and the Conway Papers bargains the 1st full-length research of 3 generations of the Conway kinfolk among Elizabeth's succession and the top of the Civil warfare, explaining what the Conway Papers are and the way they have been accrued, how the archive got here to include a focus of manuscript poetry through Donne, and what the importance of this truth is, by way of seventeenth-century politics, patronage, and tradition. solutions to those questions solid new gentle at the early transmission of Donne's verse and prose. all through, John Donne and the Conway Papers emphasizes the significance of Donne's closest pals and earliest readers--such as George Garrard, Rowland Woodward, and Sir Henry Goodere--in the dissemination of his poetry. Goodere specifically emerges as a key agent within the early flow of Donne's verse, and this booklet bargains the 1st sustained account of his literary actions.
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11 As this introduction has made clear, I attempt to consider as many factors as possible when examining a text, but the McGann–McKenzie model of a ‘socialized’ text, taken to its furthest conclusion, renders the author’s creative impetus practically negligible when one is considering the final artefact. Marotti’s work has proved enduringly influential and, as the major academic figure to have pursued these precise questions, he is the scholar with whom I engage most closely on theoretical matters.
Flynn, John Donne and the Ancient Catholic Nobility, p. 198. 124. 25 According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘coterie’ can mean ‘An organized association of persons for political, social, or other purposes; a club’ (OED, n. 1), ‘A circle of persons associated together and distinguished from “outsiders”, a “set” ’ (2), or (ignoring the very specific meaning of 2a), ‘A “set” associated by certain exclusive interests, pursuits, or aims; a clique’ (2b). As I will demonstrate, Donne’s friends were not an ‘organized association’, which rules out the first definition, but neither were they a distinctive ‘set’, with a host of exclusively shared assumptions (unlike the Order of the Fancy or John Donne jr’s circle, discussed in Chapter 5, ‘Clubs and Coteries’).
12. Marotti, ‘Manuscript, Print, and the English Renaissance Lyric’, in W. ), New Ways of Looking at Old Texts (New York, 1993), pp. 215. In contrast, see 12 Introduction My methodology attempts to recreate the widest possible social history of manuscripts in order to trace their routes of transmission. It thus examines the physical evidence of texts ‘in sociocentric rather than in author-centric ways’, as Marotti has urged—but the relationship between those texts and their authors remains crucial to my argument.
John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Century by Daniel Starza Smith