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Reading popular romance in early modern England

Author: Lori Humphrey Newcomb
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the expansion of the publishing industry between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, reading for pleasure became possible for an increasing number of people, not just the wealthy and educated. The growth of the book trade produced, alongside elite literature, a parallel popular literature. Lori Humphrey Newcomb examines the proliferation of romances in early modern England, as well as their vilification by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Newcomb, Lori Humphrey.
Reading popular romance in early modern England.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2002
(DLC) 2001017188
(OCoLC)45828151
Named Person: Robert Greene; William Shakespeare; Robert Greene; Robert Greene; Robert Greene; Robert Greene
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lori Humphrey Newcomb
ISBN: 0231504853 9780231504850 0231123787 9780231123785 0231123795 9780231123792
OCLC Number: 51973281
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 332 pages) : illustrations
Contents: "Growne so ordinarie": producing Robert Greene's Pandosto and Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia, 1585-92 --
Social things: commodifying Pandosto, 1592-1640 --
Material alteration: re-commodifying Dorastus and Fawnia and The Winter's tale, 1623-1843 --
The romance of service: The readers of Dorastus and Fawnia, 1615-1762.
Responsibility: Lori Humphrey Newcomb.
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Abstract:

With the expansion of the publishing industry between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, reading for pleasure became possible for an increasing number of people, not just the wealthy and educated. The growth of the book trade produced, alongside elite literature, a parallel popular literature. Lori Humphrey Newcomb examines the proliferation of romances in early modern England, as well as their vilification by elite writers. Using as her case study Robert Greene's Pandosto (1585), an Elizabethan prose romance that inspired Shakespeare's late play, The Winter's Tale, she shows that the two forms of literature influenced each other profoundly. Because Shakespeare's works are considered timeless literary achievements, critics have distanced his plays from his romantic sources--a separation that until now has gone unquestioned. Newcomb undermines this assumption, providing a fascinating account of an early bestseller's incarnations over 250 years of literary history.

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