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Mr Knight's Best Small Capitals

Richard Cronin

in Paper Pellets

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582532
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722929 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582532.003.0006
Mr Knight's Best Small Capitals

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The chapter contends that this was the first age of print, the age when, as the New Monthly put it, print became ‘like to the air we breathe’, ‘the medium through which we receive every idea and every feeling,—beyond whose influence we cannot get, and could not live’. For writers of the new generation, as for Charles Lamb, the manuscript even of a great writer never seems quite ‘determinate’: ‘print settles it’. The chapter explores the consequences of this new perception, concluding that Don Juan is the primary epic of the age of print.

Keywords: Pierce Egan; Byron; Don Juan; the Scots language; Walter Scott; John Clare; Charles Lamb; James Hogg; The Devil's Elixir; typography

Chapter.  13827 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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