Reading Books

Reading Books

by Michele Moylan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558490620

ISBN-13: 9781558490628

Pub. Date: 03/10/1997

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

This collection takes as its point of departure the proposition that one can, in fact, tell a book by its cover. The contributors examine the ways in which the material qualities of books--including typography, paper, bindings, layout, and promotional copy--as well as their editing, production, and distribution profoundly affect how they have been read and

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This collection takes as its point of departure the proposition that one can, in fact, tell a book by its cover. The contributors examine the ways in which the material qualities of books--including typography, paper, bindings, layout, and promotional copy--as well as their editing, production, and distribution profoundly affect how they have been read and understood.

The volume includes essays on the publishing history of Melville's early novels, Twain's The Innocents Abroad, the Tauchnitz edition of Hawthornes's The Marble Faun, and Jackson's Romona. Other chapters examine the reception of Dante's works in America, Houghton Mifflin's biographical series, the binding styles of Ticknor and Fields, and the packaging of literature for American high Schools.

University of Massachusetts Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558490628
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
03/10/1997
Series:
Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Dante in America: The First Hundred Years16
The Material Melville: Shaping Readers' Horizons52
Judging Literary Books by Their Covers: House Styles, Ticknor and Fields, and Literary Promotion75
Literature in Newsprint: Antebellum Family Newspapers and the Uses of Reading101
Manufacturing Intellectual Equipment: The Tauchnitz Edition of The Marble Faun117
Finding His Mark: Twain's The Innocents Abroad as a Subscription Book151
Defining the National Pantheon: The Making of Houghton Mifflin's Biographical Series, 1880-1900179
Materiality as Performance: The Forming of Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona223
Packaging Literature for the High Schools: From the Riverside Literature Series to Literature and Life248
Contributors277
Index279

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