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Author Zboray, Ronald J.

Title A fictive people : antebellum economic development and the American reading public / Ronald J. Zboray
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 326 pages) : illustrations
Contents Reading and the ironies of technological innovation -- The publisher's market -- The book peddler and literary dissemination -- The transportation revolution and book distribution -- The railroad, the community, and the book -- Family, church, and academy -- The common school and other institutions -- The letter and the reading public -- Numeracy, the news, and self-culture -- The interior organization of a bookstore -- Gender and boundlessness in reading patterns -- Time, space, and chaos
Summary This text aims to explode two notions that are commonplace in American cultural histories of the 19th century: that the spread of literature was a simple force for the democratization of taste, and that there was a body of 19th-century literature that reflected "a nation of readers."
Analysis Reading
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-304) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject American literature -- Appreciation -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Book industries and trade -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
National characteristics, American.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- To 1865.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 91046930
ISBN 019507582X (acid-free paper)
1429401036 (electronic bk.)
9780195075823 (acid-free paper)
9781429401036 (electronic bk.)