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ONLINE EVENT- Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading
Jun 11 2020
The publishing phenomenon of summer reading started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture and tourist culture expanded in the United States. Drawing on publishing records, book reviews, readers’ diaries, and popular novels of the period, Donna Harrington-Lueker explores the beginning of summer reading and the backlash against it. Countering fears about the dangers of leisurely reading—especially for young women—publishers framed summer reading not as a disreputable habit but asView more
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