This is a comprehensive study of early modern texts, readings, and readers of Shakespeare's poems in print and manuscript, which makes a useful contribution both to Shakespeare studies and the history of the book. Examining gendered readerships and the use of erotic works, reading practises and manuscript culture, textual forms and transmission, literary taste and the canonisation of Shakespeare, this book argues that historicist criticism can no longer ignore histories of reading.
SASHA ROBERTS is Lecturer in English at the University of Kent. Her previous publications include Women Reading Shakespeare, 1660-1900: An Annotated Anthology co-edited with Ann Thompson (1997), Writers and Their Work: Romeo and Juliet (1998), and essays on Shakespeare and the history of reading. She is currently researching the formation of literary taste in early modern manuscript culture.