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Album Verses and Romantic Literary Culture: Poetry, Manuscript, Print, 1780-1850

Samantha Matthews


‘Will you write in my album?’ Many Romantic poets were asked this question by women who collected contributions in their manuscript books. Those who obliged included Byron, Scott, Wordsworth, and Lamb, but also Felicia Hemans, Amelia Opie, and Sara Coleridge. Album Verses and Romantic Literary Culture presents the first critical and cultural history of this forgotten phenomenon. It asks a series of questions. Where did 1820s ‘albo-mania’ come from, and why was it satirized as a women’s ‘mania’? What was the relation between visitors’ books associated with great institutions and country houses, ... More

Keywords: Album, album poetry, Romantic poetry, manuscript culture, print culture, remediation, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857945
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samantha Matthews, author
Senior Lecturer in English, University of Bristol