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Reading Books
     

Reading Books

by Michele Moylan, Lane Stiles, Michael Winship
 

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

Overview

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)

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