- While preparing for a talk about the relationships between letterpress and programming, I asked my twitter network:
- — Ryan Cordell (@ryancordell)Wed, Oct 18 2017 23:48:07Book historians (& interested folks)—what’s your favorite example of a writer self consciously engaging with the materiality of print?
- — Ryan Cordell (@ryancordell)Wed, Oct 18 2017 23:49:41looking for…well just about anything demonstrating what writers knew about the operations of the compositor, or printer (or binder, etc.)
- — Ryan Cordell (@ryancordell)Wed, Oct 18 2017 23:53:23I’ve got loads of C19 newspaper examples—poems on pied type, satirical paeans to editors' scissors—but those folks were *in* print shops
- And wow, did my network step up to the challenge!
- — President of the Pen (@slstalter)Thu, Oct 19 2017 00:02:48@ryancordell There's a character in The Adding Machine called Mr. Shrdlu, and there's an Etoain Shrdlu joke in Ulysses.
- — Sarah Storti (@damozel_)Thu, Oct 19 2017 01:12:24@ryancordell LEL's "Macao" and "Chinese Pagoda" in Fisher's Drawing Room Scrapbook for 1833 = poems *about writing poems "for" literary annual engravings
- — Sarah Storti (@damozel_)Thu, Oct 19 2017 01:44:36@ryancordell Hope it’s helpful! Poems reference both Fisher and “Captain Eliot:” latter was artist of orig sketches from which the engravings were made
- — Paul Fyfe (@pfyfe)Thu, Oct 19 2017 02:02:04@ryancordell Different: Newnes made Tit-Bits a form of life insurance if magazine was found on a railway accident victim’s body http://turniprail.blogspot.com/2011/05/at-time-of-catastrophe-railway.html …
- — Luke Dietrich (@luke_dietrich)Thu, Oct 19 2017 02:08:25@ryancordell George Herbert's poetry. Charles Chesnutt's blank book in "Baxter's Procrustes." And then, the very hungry caterpillar.
- — susan garfinkel (@footnotesrising)Thu, Oct 19 2017 02:17:30
- — D. P🎃🎃dlert🎃🎃d (@leoba)Thu, Oct 19 2017 02:22:48
- — christian algar (@CBarnacles)Thu, Oct 19 2017 02:23:05
- — Jim Ryan (@JamesEmmettRyan)Thu, Oct 19 2017 02:25:24
- — Gregory Palermo (@gregory_palermo)Thu, Oct 19 2017 02:48:21@ryancordell Bradstreet’s “The Author to Her Book.” Talk of public, cloth, rags, washing, print, press, judging, trimming, feet, errors, blemishes, etc.
- — Paul Fyfe (@pfyfe)Thu, Oct 19 2017 02:49:08@ryancordell know @Andrew_Stauffer ‘s amazing piece on Dickens & Necropolitan Library? https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/ravon/2007-n47-ravon1893/016700ar/ … suggestive examples in there re: paper
Writers and Print Materiality
What’s your favorite example of a writer self consciously engaging with the materiality of print?
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