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The Making of Thomas Hoccleve's Series$
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David Watt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898690

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898690.001.0001

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‘I this book shal make’: San Marino, Huntington Library, MS HM 744 and the Structure of the Series

‘I this book shal make’: San Marino, Huntington Library, MS HM 744 and the Structure of the Series

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(p.65) 2 ‘I this book shal make’: San Marino, Huntington Library, MS HM 744 and the Structure of the Series
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The Making of Thomas Hoccleve's Series
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David Watt

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898690.003.0003

This chapter considers the structure of the Series by comparing Hoccleve's inclusion of ‘Learn to Die’ in San Marino, Huntington Library, MS HM 744 with its inclusion in the Series. As a writer who compiled manuscripts of his own verse and as a scribe who helped disseminate the work of others, Hoccleve had first-hand awareness of the challenges and opportunities presented by the material book. The Series tells a story about someone who takes advantage of the physical flexibility of the material book to defer making a decision about its final form. Ironically, the physical properties of fifteenth-century books both prevent Thomas from making the book he initially had in mind and enable him to make the book he finally makes. As he changes his mind about how best to serve his own needs and meet his readers’ expectations, Thomas also changes the material and literary form of his book. This chapter asserts that the structural coherence of the Series depends on its reader's ability to imagine its literary and material wholeness.

Keywords:   San Marino, Huntington Library, MS HM 744, Structure, “Learn to Die”, Scribal Practice, Book Production, Literary Form, Material Form

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