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Posting it : the Victorian revolution in letter writing

Author: Catherine Golden
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Until Queen Victoria instituted the Postal Reform Act of 1839, mail was a luxury affordable only by the rich. Golden demonstrates how cheap postage--which was quickly adopted in other countries--led to a postal "network" that can be viewed as a forerunner of computer-mediated communications. Indeed, the revolution in letter writing of the nineteenth century led to blackmail, frauds, unsolicited mass mailings, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Golden
ISBN: 0813035414 9780813035413
OCLC Number: 578666117
Description: xvii, 299 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Why the Victorians needed a revolution in letter writing --
Signed, sealed, delivered : mulreadies, caricatures, and the Penny Black --
"Why is a raven ...?" : the rise of postal products from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Vanity Fair (1848) to the pages of the Great Exhibition catalogue (1851) --
Unwanted missives and the spread of vice : "curious things," slander, and blackmail from Household Words to the fiction of George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Anthony Trollope --
Benefits and blessings : letters home, friendship, death notices, courtship, and Valentines by Penny Post --
Conclusion : looking forward from the Victorian revolution in letter writing to information technologies today.
Responsibility: Catherine J. Golden.

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Until Queen Victoria instituted the Postal Reform Act of 1839, mail was a luxury affordable only by the rich. Golden demonstrates how cheap postage--which was quickly adopted in other countries--led to a postal "network" that can be viewed as a forerunner of computer-mediated communications. Indeed, the revolution in letter writing of the nineteenth century led to blackmail, frauds, unsolicited mass mailings, and junk mail--problems that remain with us today. --from publisher description.

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