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Ranging across literature, theater, history, and the visual arts, this collection of essays by leading scholars in the field explores the range of places where British Romantic-period sociability transpired. The book considers how sociability was shaped by place, by the rooms, buildings, landscapes and seascapes where people gathered to converse, to eat and drink, to work and to find entertainment. At the same time, it is clear that sociability shaped place, both in the deliberate construction and configuration of venues for people to gather, and in the way such gatherings transformed how place was experienced and understood. The essays highlight literary and aesthetic experience but also range through popular entertainment and ordinary forms of labor and leisure.

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  • Sociable Places
    pp i-ii
  • Sociable Places - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Illustrations
    pp vii-viii
  • Contributors
    pp ix-xi
  • Acknowledgments
    pp xii-xii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-30
  • Part I - Print Relations
    pp 31-94
  • Chapter 1 - Recovering the Country Book Club
    pp 33-50
  • Chapter 2 - “Bread & cheese & porter only being allowed”
    pp 51-69
  • Chapter 3 - Piccadilly Booksellers and Conservative Sociability
    pp 70-94
  • Part II - Sociable Spectacle
    pp 95-140
  • Chapter 4 - Proxy Israelites
    pp 97-121
  • Chapter 5 - Fashionable Subjects
    pp 122-140
  • Part III - Interior Places
    pp 141-182
  • Chapter 6 - “The place is not free to you”
    pp 143-162
  • Chapter 7 - Unconventional Calling
    pp 163-182
  • Part IV - Traveling Sociability
    pp 183-246
  • Chapter 8 - Sociability among the Ruins
    pp 185-204
  • Chapter 9 - Sociability by the Sea Side
    pp 205-223
  • Select Bibliography
    pp 247-258
  • Index
    pp 259-270
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