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Nineteenth-Century Editorial Style at Work: Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s Piers Plowman

  • Jocelyn Hargrave
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Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Abstract

This chapter seeks to understand the extent of the influence of Caleb Stower’s The Printer’s Grammar (1808) on the presentation of Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s controversial 1813 folio edition of William Langland’s dream-vision poem, which was written in the fourteenth century. More specifically, it is through an examination of Whitaker’s usage of black letter and red ink and his punctuation style that this chapter demonstrates how Whitaker’s Romantic medievalism and interpretative but practical application of contemporary editorial style both assured the clarity of authorial content, and enabled Langland’s potentially anachronistic poem to be accessible to, and appreciated by, his nineteenth-century audience.

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  • Jocelyn Hargrave
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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