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'Grossly Material Things': Women and Book Production in Early Modern England

Helen Smith


In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf described fictions as ‘grossly material things’, rooted in their physical and economic contexts. This book takes Woolf’s brief hint as its starting point, asking who made the books of the English Renaissance, and what the material circumstances were in which they did so. It charts a new history of making and use, recovering the ways in which women shaped and altered the books of this crucial period, as co-authors, editors, translators, patrons, printers, booksellers, and readers. Drawing on evidence from a wide range of sources, including court records, l ... More

Keywords: women, book history, printing, publishing, reading, materiality, authorship, collaboration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199651580
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Smith, author
Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of York