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Posting it : the Victorian revolution in letter writing

Author: Catherine J Golden
Publisher: Gainesville, Fla. : University Press of Florida, 2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1. paperback printingView 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 J Golden
ISBN: 9780813033792 0813033799 9780813035413 0813035414
OCLC Number: 768093926
Notes: Originally published: 2009
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
Description: xvii, 299 s. : ill., 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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Allowing anyone, from any social class, to send a letter anywhere in the country for only a penny had multiple and profound cultural impacts. This book demonstrates how cheap postage led to a postal  Read more...

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