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Early Modern Literature in History

The Material Letter in Early Modern England

Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter-Writing, 1512-1635

Authors: Daybell, J.

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The first major socio-cultural study of manuscript letters and letter-writing practices in early modern England. Daybell examines a crucial period in the development of the English vernacular letter before Charles I's postal reforms in 1635, one that witnessed a significant extension of letter-writing skills throughout society.

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JAMES DAYBELL is professor of Early Modern British History at Plymouth University, UK, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is author of Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England (2006); editor of Early Modern Women's Letter-Writing, 1450-170(2001), Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700 (2004), and (with Peter Hinds) Material Readings of Early Modern Culture, 1580-1730 (2010).

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“The Material Letter provides a guide to the protean messiness of correspondence in a period which saw English epistolary habits and technologies undergo drastic change. … a remarkable achievement and will be an essential reference tool for anyone studying or editing English correspondence from this period. It poses important and difficult questions to would-be editors and encourages scholars familiar with printed letters to return to the archive in search of a wide range of previously neglected material signs.” (Kelsey Jackson Williams, History, Vol. 100 (341), July, 2015)

"...a valuable reference work and stimulus to further research." Thomas O. Beebee, Renaissance Quarterly

"The main strength of the book is the breadth of archival material that Daybell harnesses: it is based on an examination of well over 10,000 manuscript letters. Taken together, the chapters unpretentiously demonstrate a wealth of knowledge, and the result

is a work of immense academic generosity. Its clarity will make it a perfect introduction to the study of letters for students and scholars coming to this subject for the first time: it assumes no prior knowledge, it is logically structured, and each chapter ends with a clear summary. Moreover, the bibliography is huge, and Daybell even goes so far as to describe to his readers how to go about doing the kind of archival research he suggests, listing a range of helpful finding aids (225 6). The dutifulness of the book means that there is hardly anything I would want to see added." Ruth Ahnert, SHARP News


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Material Letter in Early Modern England
Book Subtitle
Manuscript Letters and the Culture and Practices of Letter-Writing, 1512-1635
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Literature in History
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-00606-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137006066
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-22269-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-30828-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 357
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