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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This book changed my whole outlook on books and reading and really opened my eyes to the vital roles played by the printing press and libraries on the education of the masses. Wonderfully readable it was a joy from beginning to end. Read full review


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

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