The Resource A Fictive People : Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public

A Fictive People : Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public

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A Fictive People : Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public
Title
A Fictive People
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Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public
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eng
Summary
This book explores an important boundary between history and literature: the antebellum reading public for books written by Americans. Zboray describes how fiction took root in the United States and what literature contributed to the readers' sense of themselves. He traces the rise of fiction as a social history centered on the book trade and chronicles the large societal changes shaping, circumscribing, and sometimes defining the limits of the antebellum reading public. A Fictive People explodes two notions that are commonplace in cultural histories of the nineteenth century: first, that the spread of literature was a simple force for the democratization of taste, and, second, that there was a body of nineteenth-century literature that reflected a "nation of readers." Zboray shows that the output of the press was so diverse and the public so indiscriminate in what it would read that we must rethink these conclusions. The essential elements for the rise of publishing turn out not to be the usual suspects of rising literacy and increased schooling. Zboray turns our attention to the railroad as well as private letter writing to see the creation of a national taste for literature. He points out the ambiguous role of the nineteenth-century school in encouraging reading and convincingly demonstrates that we must look more deeply to see why the nation turned to literature. He uses such data as sales figures and library borrowing to reveal that women read as widely as men and that the regional breakdown of sales focused the power of print
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Zboray, Ronald J
LC call number
Z1003.2 -- .Z26 1993eb
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • American literature -- Appreciation -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • Book industries and trade -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • National characteristics, American
  • Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • United States -- Economic conditions -- To 1865
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A Fictive People : Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public
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http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=270855
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Contents -- Tables, Maps, Illustrations -- Introduction -- 1. Reading and the Ironies of Technological Innovation -- 2. The Publisher's Market -- 3. The Book Peddler and Literary Dissemination -- 4. The Transportation Revolution and Book Distribution -- 5. The Railroad, the Community, and the Book -- 6. Family, Church, and Academy -- 7. The Common School and Other Institutions -- 8. The Letter and the Reading Public -- 9. Numeracy, the News, and Self-culture -- 10. The Interior Organization of a Bookstore -- 11. Gender and Boundlessness in Reading Patterns -- 12. Time, Space, and Chaos -- Appendix 1: Regionalism, Literacy, and Economic Development -- Appendix 2: Categories in the Analytical Catalogue (1850) of the New York Society Library -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y
Control code
EBC270855
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (349 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195344905
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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unknown sound
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remote
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC270855
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL270855
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10142039
  • (OCoLC)191953299
Label
A Fictive People : Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=270855
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Contents -- Tables, Maps, Illustrations -- Introduction -- 1. Reading and the Ironies of Technological Innovation -- 2. The Publisher's Market -- 3. The Book Peddler and Literary Dissemination -- 4. The Transportation Revolution and Book Distribution -- 5. The Railroad, the Community, and the Book -- 6. Family, Church, and Academy -- 7. The Common School and Other Institutions -- 8. The Letter and the Reading Public -- 9. Numeracy, the News, and Self-culture -- 10. The Interior Organization of a Bookstore -- 11. Gender and Boundlessness in Reading Patterns -- 12. Time, Space, and Chaos -- Appendix 1: Regionalism, Literacy, and Economic Development -- Appendix 2: Categories in the Analytical Catalogue (1850) of the New York Society Library -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y
Control code
EBC270855
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (349 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195344905
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC270855
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL270855
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10142039
  • (OCoLC)191953299

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