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A feeling for books : the Book-of-the-Month Club, literary taste, and middle-class desire

Author: Janice A Radway
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1997.
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A Feeling for Books is at once a fascinating study of an influential cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditation on the love of books and the experience of reading. Deftly melding cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, Janice Radway traces the history of the Book-of-the-Month Club from its controversial founding in 1926 through its evolution into an organization uniquely
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Radway, Janice A., 1949-
Feeling for books.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)651780349
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janice A Radway
ISBN: 0807823570 9780807823576 0807848301 9780807848302
OCLC Number: 36126876
Description: xiii, 424 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: In the service of the general reader. A certain book club culture ; A business with a mission ; The intelligent generalist and the uses of reading. --
On the history of the middlebrow. The struggle over the book, 1870-1920 ; A modern selling machine for the books: Harry Scherman and the origins of the Book-of-the-Month Club ; Automated book distribution and the negative option: agency and choice in a standardized world. ; The scandal of the middlebrow: the professional-managerial class and the exercise of authority in the literary field ; Reading for a new class: the judges, the practical logic of book selection, and the questions of middlebrow style. --
Books for professionals. A library of books for the aspiring professional: some effects of middlebrow reading.
Responsibility: Janice A. Radway.
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A history of the Book-of-the-Month Club from its founding in 1926, which suggests that the books recommended by the club have been instrumental in forming literary taste in America and in defining  Read more...

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