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Chapters trace topics in American print culture from Puritan New England to the future of newspapers in a digital age. The artifacts and documents, most of which have never before been anthologized, include excerpts from readers' diaries, accounts of the printing and publishing trades, materials from the alternative press, commentaries on authorship and reading, and visual images. The essays place these primary source materials in their historical, literary, and political contexts and model the ways students might approach them.
The volume is accompanied by a CD-ROM image archive, which includes nearly 200 digital images, captioned and keyed to the different chapters. Easily read with standard browsers, the CD-ROM allows access to otherwise scarce materials and vividly assists students in learning how book history is hands-on history.
In addition to the editors and Robert A. Gross, the contributors are Nancy Cook, Patricia Crain, Ann Fabian, Alice Fahs, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Jen A. Huntley-Smith, Charles Johanningsmeier, Jill Lepore, Russell L. Martin, Trysh Travis, Glenn Wallach, and Susan S. Williams.
|1||Texts for the Times: An Introduction to Book History||1|
|2||Literacy and Reading in Puritan New England||17|
|3||Print and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century||47|
|4||Publishing the American Revolution||79|
|5||The Book Trade Transformed||109|
|6||Antebellum Reading Prescribed and Described||135|
|7||Publishing an Emergent "American" Literature||165|
|8||Northern and Southern Worlds of Print||195|
|9||Reshaping Publishing and Authorship in the Gilded Age||223|
|10||Print Cultures in the American West||255|
|11||Laboring Classes, New Readers, and Print Cultures||285|
|12||The Industrialization and Nationalization of American Periodical Publishing||311|
|13||Print and the Creation of Middlebrow Culture||339|
|14||Out of the Mainstream and into the Streets: Small Press Magazines, the Underground Press, Zines, and Artists' Books||367|
|15||Newspapers since 1945||403|
|16||The Once and Future Book||435|
|17||Resources for Studying American Book History: A Selective, Annotated Bibliography||441|