First Words and Second Thoughts: Margaret Cavendish, Humphrey Moseley, and "the Book"

First Words and Second Thoughts: Margaret Cavendish, Humphrey Moseley, and "the Book" Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 30:1, Winter 2000. Copyright © by Duke University Press / 2000 / $2.00. JMEMS30.1-05-Ingram.101-124 12/21/99 4:33 PM Page 102 history, that seem to exert no influence on modern understandings of books, authorship, and readership. Margaret Cavendish’s debut in print, Poems, and Fancies (1653), is one of many such books. Although Poems, and Fancies seems to have been remarkable for Cavendish’s contemporaries (it is, after all, a folio of secular poems published by an exiled marchioness during the first year of the Protectorate), her book is rarely analyzed in surveys of seventeenth-century books of poetry. Cavendish’s first book nevertheless invites such analysis, for its famous prefatory material shapes the book’s place among other books published in the mid–seventeenth century. Because prefaces record emerging assumptions about the production, circulation, and proper use of texts, they have long been important archives for theorists and for historians of early modern literature, such as W. W. Greg, whose collection of “Prefaces and Such” to early modern plays reflects a complex variety of transactions among authors, readers, regulatory agents, and stationers.4 Roger Chartier has argued more recently that prefatory material reveals authors’ and publishers’ strategies for securing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Duke University Press

First Words and Second Thoughts: Margaret Cavendish, Humphrey Moseley, and "the Book"

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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 30:1, Winter 2000. Copyright © by Duke University Press / 2000 / $2.00. JMEMS30.1-05-Ingram.101-124 12/21/99 4:33 PM Page 102 history, that seem to exert no influence on modern understandings of books, authorship, and readership. Margaret Cavendish’s debut in print, Poems, and Fancies (1653), is one of many such books. Although Poems, and Fancies seems to have been remarkable for Cavendish’s contemporaries (it is, after all, a folio of secular poems published by an exiled marchioness during the first year of the Protectorate), her book is rarely analyzed in surveys of seventeenth-century books of poetry. Cavendish’s first book nevertheless invites such analysis, for its famous prefatory material shapes the book’s place among other books published in the mid–seventeenth century. Because prefaces record emerging assumptions about the production, circulation, and proper use of texts, they have long been important archives for theorists and for historians of early modern literature, such as W. W. Greg, whose collection of “Prefaces and Such” to early modern plays reflects a complex variety of transactions among authors, readers, regulatory agents, and stationers.4 Roger Chartier has argued more recently that prefatory material reveals authors’ and publishers’ strategies for securing

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Published: Jan 1, 2000

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