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Dreaming in BooksThe Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age$
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Andrew Piper

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226669724

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226669748.001.0001

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(p.19) Chapter One Networking
Dreaming in Books

Andrew Piper

University of Chicago Press

This chapter elaborates those bibliographic spaces that were marginalized by the manuscriptural and biographical perspectives canonized by the Weimar editors and that exerted such a profound influence on both Goethe scholarship and literary scholarship more generally. The chapter focuses on Goethe's final major prose work, Wilhelm Meister's, whose publication began in 1808 with the appearance of one of the work's novellas in Johann Cotta's Ladies' Pocket-Book and ended with the incorporation of a second version of the “novel” into the final authorized collected edition in 1829. The bibliographic format through which Goethe organized the Travels' prepublication would not serve as a passing interest, a kind of early generic stage through which he passed on the way to more developed genre of the novel. Wilhelm Meister's Travels thus, constituted Goethe's most extensive engagement with his bookish world. The Travels had powerfully reconceived both the book and the novel as self-correcting networks.

Keywords:   bibliographic spaces, Weimar editors, Goethe, Goethe scholarship, Wilhelm Meister, Ladies' Pocket-Book, bibliographic format

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