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Title: Interpreting Charles Lamb’s ‘neat-bound books’
Authors: Wright, Laura
Langmuir, Christopher
Keywords: collocates
communities of practice
social networks
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Adam Mickiewicz University
Citation: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 54 (2019), pp. 157-177
Abstract: 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.
DOI: 10.2478/stap-2019-0008
ISSN: 0081-6272
Appears in Collections:Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 2019 vol. 54

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