Equally, however, especially as literary criticism itself became more professionalized toward the turn of the century, they resisted and denigrated popularizers such as abridgers
, miscellanists and anthologists as light and derivative beings lacking properly literary seriousness.
As Kastan demonstrates, the Acts and Monuments as it came to exist in the "English imagination" is not one book; "rather, it is several different books, each reflecting the particular interests of its editors, redactors, abridgers
, and publishers every bit as much as they reflect Foxe's own concerns" (129).
It is unconvincing when the would-be dictionary abridgers
deny the problems that obviously accompany sprawl.
In a time when books on tape have reached new heights of popularity and spawned a small industry of book abridgers
, and in which movies discover "The Bard," we benefit from being reminded.
Producers, performers, abridgers
and the like will all be freelance, engaged to work on one title.