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Readers and Patrons

in The Monk and the Book

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226899008
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226899022 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226899022.003.0008
Readers and Patrons

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Jerome had no choice but to cede control of his works to his readers and patrons. In some cases, this loss of control began even before he started work on a new project. Like some of his contemporaries Jerome seems to have attempted in various ways to resist the demands of his audience. Ultimately, however, he could not escape them. Not only did his readers control the physical circulation of his writings, but many of his works were written to order, their production stimulated less by his own, ambitious research program than by the requests of correspondents, friends, patrons and potential patrons. Most importantly, Jerome's writings could be inserted into theological debates in ways he could neither predict nor control. Even his involvement in certain controversies came not at his own instance but at that of his correspondents.

Keywords: readership; patrons; Saint Jerome; writings; readers

Chapter.  12679 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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