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Betty A. Schellenberg. Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print Culture, 1710-1790

Betty A. Schellenberg. Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print Culture, 1710-1790. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 320p., 15 black and white illus. ISBN 9781107128163. £64.99 (hardback).

Betty Schellenberg’s wide-ranging and theoretically informed study using the terms and concepts of media ecology is a welcome addition to the growing body of work on eighteenth-central scribal publication culture, a revisionist area of research that argues for what Schellenberg terms the “interpenetration” of manuscript and print culture throughout the eighteenth century.

H. J. Jackson. Those Who Write for Immortality: Romantic Reputations and the Dream of Lasting Fame

H. J. Jackson. Those Who Write for Immortality: Romantic Reputations and the Dream of Lasting Fame. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. 294 p., ill. ISBN: 9780300174793. US $35.00 (hardback).

H. J. Jackson’s insightful book not only examines what she terms the “fame system” (6) responsible for immortalizing authors, but also investigates the interrelationship between authors’ “present” fame and authorial reputation, the latter of which she glosses as fame of “the posthumous kind” (2). The study includes useful discussions of types of authorship that are conceptualized by writers contemplating the afterlife of both their works and their posthumous authorial personae.