John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Century by Daniel Starza SmithJohn Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Century by Daniel Starza Smith

John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth…

byDaniel Starza Smith

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

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How and why did men and women send handwritten poetry, drama, and literary prose to their friends and social superiors in the seventeenth century - and what were the consequences of these communications? Within this culture of manuscript publication, why did John Donne (1572-1631), an authorwho attempted to limit the circulation of his works, become the most transcribed writer of his age? John Donne and the Conway Papers examines these questions in great detail. Daniel Starza Smith investigates a seventeenth-century archive, the Conway Papers, in order to explain the relationshipbetween Donne and the archive's owners, the Conway family. Drawing on an enormous amount of primary material, he situates Donne's writings within the broader workings of manuscript circulation, from the moment a scribe identified a source text, through the process of transcription and onwards to thesocial ramifications of this literary circulation. John Donne and the Conway Papers offers the first full-length analysis of three generations of the Conway family between Elizabeth's succession and the end of the Civil War, explaining what the Conway Papers are and how they were amassed, how the archive came to contain a concentration of manuscriptpoetry by Donne, and what the significance of this fact is, in terms of seventeenth-century politics, patronage, and culture. Answers to these questions cast new light on the early transmission of Donne's verse and prose. Throughout, John Donne and the Conway Papers emphasizes the importance ofDonne's closest friends and earliest readers - such as George Garrard, Rowland Woodward, and Sir Henry Goodere - in the dissemination of his poetry. Goodere in particular emerges as a key agent in the early circulation of Donne's verse, and this book offers the first sustained account of hisliterary activities.
Daniel Starza Smith is British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford. He works on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literary history, with a particular focus on John Donne and Ben Jonson, the circulation of texts in manuscript, and the literary patronage of early modern women. He has published on John Donne Junior, t...
Title:John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth…Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pagesPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199679134

ISBN - 13:9780199679133


Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The Conway Family and the Conway Papers1. 'At length I fell in to Imagination': Sir John Conway2. 'An honest man, who knows more about the sword than the pen': Edward, First Viscount Conway and Killultagh3. The Knight's Move: Conway and A Game at Chess4. Fide et Amore: the First Viscount Conway's Legacies5. 'What is a Gentleman but his pleasure?' Edward, Second Viscount Conway and Killultagh6. Booklets, Books, Ballads, and Birds: the Second Viscount Conway as Collector7. The Curious History of the Conway Papers8. Conceptualizing the Conway PapersPart II: John Donne, Sir Henry Goodere, and Manuscript Circulation9. Donne's Verse Letters10. Sir Henry Goodere, Poet and Scribe11. Problematum miscellaneorum: the Problems and Biathanatos, 1603-1012. The Intelligence that Moves: Donne, Goodere, and Conway, 1610-161513. Textual Transmission and Court Patronage in the 1620s14. Conflicts of Interest: Donne, Goodere, Conway, and Seventeenth-Century PatronageConclusion: Patronage and Manuscript CirculationAppendix 1: Conway and Goodere Family TreesAppendix 2: Literary Manuscripts in the Conway Papers