This chapter focuses on the popularity of printed romance in the seventeenth century. During this period, new titles were steadily produced while enduring favorites reached diversifying audiences. The steady production of prose romances at their original, often voluminous, length meant that new buyers were drawn from the middling ranks of income and literacy; a secondary, non-buying audience of listeners and borrowers apparently built romance's popularity before cheaper redactions were developed. Credit must also be given to authors who found clever ways to attract and reassure new readers: women, the young, countryfolk, artisans, and apprentices.
|The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture
- print culture
- prose romance
- printed romance
- seventeenth century