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A fictive people : antebellum economic development and the American reading public

Author: Ronald J Zboray
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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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."
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Zboray, Ronald J.
Fictive people.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
(DLC) 91046930
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald J Zboray
ISBN: 1429401036 9781429401036 0195344901 9780195344905 9780195075823 019507582X 1280526238 9781280526237
OCLC Number: 191953299
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.
Responsibility: Ronald J. Zboray.
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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."

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