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 results of those communications? inside of this tradition of manuscript ebook, why did John Donne (1572-1631), an writer who tried to restrict the movement 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, with a purpose to clarify the connection among Donne and the archive's proprietors, the Conway family members. Drawing on a massive quantity of basic fabric, he situates Donne's writings in the broader workings of manuscript move, from the instant a scribe pointed out a resource textual content, throughout the strategy of transcription and onwards to the social ramifications of this literary movement.

John Donne and the Conway Papers deals the 1st full-length research of 3 generations of the Conway kinfolk among Elizabeth's succession and the tip of the Civil conflict, 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 via Donne, and what the importance of this truth is, by way of seventeenth-century politics, patronage, and tradition. solutions to those questions forged 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 associates 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 circulate of Donne's verse, and this ebook deals the 1st sustained account of his literary activities.

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