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Reading up : middle-class readers and the culture of success in the early twentieth-century United States

Author: Amy L Blair
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2012.
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"A person who reads a book for self-improvement rather than aesthetic pleasure is 'reading up.' Reading Up is Amy Blair's engaging study of popular literary critics who promoted reading generally and specific books as vehicles for acquiring cultural competence and economic mobility. Combining methodologies from the history of the book and the history of reading, to mass-cultural studies, reader-response criticism,  Read more...
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Named Person: Hamilton Wright Mabie
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy L Blair
ISBN: 9781439906675 143990667X 9781439906682 1439906688
OCLC Number: 716069470
Description: ix, 250 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: cultivating taste in a mass-market world --
Mr. Mabie tells what to read --
The compromise of Silas Lapham --
James for the general reader --
Misreading The house of Mirth --
The comforts of romanticism --
Epilogue: reading up into the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Amy L. Blair.
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