Jackson Williams K (2012) NICOLAS K. KIESSLING (ed.), The Life of Anthony Wood in His Own Words. Review of: Nicolas K. Kiessling (ed.), The Life of Anthony Wood in His Own Words. Pp. xii + 256. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2010 (ISBN 978 1 85124 308 2).. Notes and Queries, 59 (2), pp. 273-274. https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjs058
Students of early modern England should be well aware of the debt they owe to Anthony Wood (1632–95). A biographer, antiquarian, and bibliophile, Wood assembled a library of nearly 7,000 items, including many unique ephemeral publications, kept a minute diary recording the rhythms of Oxford life during the latter half of the seventeenth century, and in 1691–92 published the monumental Athenae Oxonienses, a biographical dictionary of the writers and bishops associated with Oxford from 1500 to his own time. Modern scholarship has largely neglected him, however, and Nicolas K. Kiessling’s study of The Library of Anthony Wood (Oxford, 2002) was the first to recognize the immense potential for a better understanding of seventeenth-century intellectual and popular culture latent in Wood’s books and manuscripts.
Notes and Queries: Volume 59, Issue 2
|Funders||University of Oxford|
|Publication date online||31/03/2012|
|Date accepted by journal||22/12/2011|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press (OUP)|
|Item discussed||Nicolas K. Kiessling (ed.), The Life of Anthony Wood in His Own Words. Pp. xii + 256. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2010 (ISBN 978 1 85124 308 2).|