Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Price, Leah.

Title How to do things with books in Victorian Britain / Leah Price
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2012]
Online access available from:
JSTOR eBooks    View Resource Record  
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (350 pages) : illustrations
Contents Reader's block -- Anthony Trollope and the repellent book -- David Copperfield and the absorbent book -- It-narrative and the book as agent -- The book as burden : junk mail and religious tracts -- The book as go-between : domestic servants and forced reading -- The book as waste : Henry Mayhew and the fall of paper recycling
Summary How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain asks how our culture came to frown on using books for any purpose other than reading. When did the coffee-table book become an object of scorn? Why did law courts forbid witnesses to kiss the Bible? What made Victorian cartoonists mock commuters who hid behind the newspaper, ladies who matched their books' binding to their dress, and servants who reduced newspapers to fish 'n' chips wrap? Shedding new light on novels by Thackeray, Dickens, the Brontës, Trollope, and Collins, as well as the urban sociology of Henry Mayhew, Leah P
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-325) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Book industries and trade -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Books and reading in literature.
Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Books in literature.
Books -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Books -- Great Britain -- Psychological aspects -- History -- 19th century.
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400842182 (electronic bk.)
9781400842186 (electronic bk.)