Interpreting charles Lamb's 'Neat-bound books'
Studia Anglica Posnaniensia
Walter de Gruyter
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Wright, L., & Langmuir, C. (2019). Interpreting charles Lamb's 'Neat-bound books'. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 54 (1), 157-177. https://doi.org/10.2478/stap-2019-0008
In this paper we consider a much-quoted phrase published by the essayist Charles Lamb (1775–1834) in the London Magazine in 1822 about a desirable quality in books: that they should be ‘strong-backed and neat-bound’. We identify meanings of modifier neat as evidenced by different communities of practice in early nineteenth-century newspapers, and in particular we present meanings of neat as used in certain Quaker writings known to have been read with approval by Lamb. By this method we assemble a series of nuanced meanings that the phrase neat-bound would have conveyed to contemporary readers – specifically, the readership of the London Magazine.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/stap-2019-0008
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