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This front matter section of this book titled Literacy in Everyday Life: Reading and Writing in Early Modern Dutch Diaries contains the table of contents, a list of illustrations, a list of abbreviations and archive names and the foreword. The book is about readers, the difference being that they lived in a different time. They lived in an age in which it was customary for authors to address their readers quite directly and very politely in a preface, the aim being to introduce their work to them. The book explores what may be learned from diaries concerning the use of the spoken word as an information channel in relation to written and printed texts. It examines questions such as the extent to which people discussed the subjects they read about, whether the spoken word fulfilled the same functions as reading and writing, and how the different media influenced each other.

Keywords: Dutch diary; literacy; reading behaviour



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