‘… a valuable book in its wide-ranging knowledge, its identification of new ways to think about eighteenth-century reading practices, and its new configurations of material from disparate disciplines and arenas.’
Source: The Times Literary Supplement
'Bannet explores the ways in which 18th-century printers and print material offered instructions and models for ways of reading to ordinary people, thus creating the conditions for a widespread print and reading culture. Recommended.'
'The book is a fascinating Shakespearean mousetrap of its own method. It can absolutely be read discontinuously, based on a reader’s individual interests, without compromising its overarching narrative or historical argument.'
Source: The William and Mary Quarterly
'… occasionally surprising and undeniably satisfying.'
Source: The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats
‘In five illuminating and subtle chapters, Eve Tavor Bannet recovers six differently defined (but fascinatingly interdependent) ‘manners’ of reading, greatly refining our understanding of prevailing reading perceptions, prescriptions, and presumptions. She convincingly presents these manners of reading as multiple strategies effectively to connect and reassociate the separateness (or, as she puts it, discontinuities and disconnections) of myriad texts, words, and letters.’
Source: Eighteenth-Century Fiction