Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary

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Scott E. Casper, Joanne D. Chaison, Jeffrey D. Groves
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 461 pages
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A collection of primary source materials and original essays, Perspectives on American Book History is designed for the growing number of courses in American print culture, as well as a supplement for courses in American literature and history. It seeks to fill the void that has developed as the expanding history of the book has moved out of the archive and scholarly journal and into the classroom. The volume includes an introductory essay by Robert A. Gross, chair of the programme in the history of the book at the American Antiquarian Society, 14 chapters composed of primary artifacts and original essays by rising scholars in the field, and an annotated bibliography of research sources.
 

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Contents

Texts for the Times An Introduction to Book History
1
Literacy and Reading in Puritan New England
17
Print and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century
47
Publishing the American Revolution
79
The Book Trade Transformed
109
Antebellum Reading Prescribed and Described
135
Publishing an Emergent American Literature
165
Northern and Southern Worlds of Print
195
Laboring Classes New Readers and Print Cultures
285
The Industrialization and Nationalization of American Periodical Publishing
311
Print and the Creation of Middlebrow Culture
339
Out of the Mainstream and into the Streets Small Press Magazines the Underground Press Zines and Artists Books
367
Newspapers since 1945
403
The Once and Future Book
435
Resources for Studying American Book History A Selective Annotated Bible
441
Contributors
459

Reshaping Publishing and Authorship in the Gilded Age
223
Print Cultures in the American West
255

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