A History of the Book in America: Volume 4: Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1940 / Edition 1

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Overview

In a period characterized by expanding markets, national consolidation, and social upheaval, print culture picked up momentum as the 19th century turned into the 20th. Books, magazines, and newspapers were produced more quickly and more cheaply, reaching ever-increasing numbers of readers. Contributors to this volume explain that although mass production encouraged consolidation and standardization, readers increasingly adapted print to serve their own purposes, allowing for increased diversity in the midst of concentration and integration. As the essays here attest, the expansion of print culture between 1880 and 1940 enabled it to become part of Americans' everyday business, social, political, and religious lives.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"What the History of the Book series shows so clearly is that the world we know, the communities to which we already belong, are reified and reinforced by books. Such is the incredible and incredibly flexible power of this primitive technology. Behold the book: It is limited but perfect."—Humanities magazine

"A model of scholarly publication and institutional cooperation. . . . A timely achievement and a great one. . . . Without university presses, we would still be waiting for HBA."—Journal of Scholarly Publishing

"Eminently measuring up to the superior standard set by the previously issued volumes, Print in Motion is noteworthy not only for the light it sheds on the history of the book, but for the skill with which its contributors set that history in the context of its times. . . . An engrossing narration that will stand for many years as the definitive history of the book in the United States. Persons interested in this subject are encouraged to acquire all five volumes."—Library & Information History

"This superb collection proves that the history of print culture, when smartly done, is the history of American culture."—The Journal of American History

"[Kaestle and Radway's] careful editorial hand is evident in the execution as well as the planning of this volume."—The Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807831861
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl F. Kaestle is University Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Education, History, and Public Policy at Brown University. He is author or editor of six books, including Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading since 1880.

Janice A. Radway is professor of literature at Duke University. She is author or editor of four books, including Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature and A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire (both from the University of North Carolina Press).

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