The English common reader: a social history of the mass reading public, 1800-1900

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Ohio State University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 448 pages
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The English Common Reader was the first comprehensive and systematic exploration of how the ordinary Englishman became a reader. A rich social history as well as a history of the English reading public, the book has become a classic. It will continue to be read and enjoyed by scholars and students as we make our way through another age of profound social change for the reader and for the book. This edition features an extensive new bibliography.

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Review: The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public

User Review  - Mel - Goodreads

This was a fairly interesting social history about reading in the 19th century. Mostly it focused on the different movements to get people reading, and the debates and attempts to control what they ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

As far as I know, this is the best historical account we have of the English common reading public in the nineteenth century and, more than fifty years later, it's still relevant and it still raises important questions and opens avenues for inquiry for scholars like me. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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14771800
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From Caxton to the Eighteenth Century
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Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Altick is Regent's Professor of English at The Ohio State University.

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