A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire (Paperback)
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A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 31/08/1999
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Deftly melding ethnography, cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, A Feeling for Books is at once an engaging study of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential role as a cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditation about the experience of reading. Janice Radway traces the history of the famous mail-order book club from its controversial founding in 1926 through its evolution into an enterprise uniquely successful in blending commerce and culture. Framing her historical narrative with writing of a more personal sort, Radway reflects on the contemporary role of the Book-of-the-Month Club in American cultural history and in her own life. Her detailed account of the standards and practices employed by the club's in-house editors is also an absorbing story of her interactions with those editors. Examining her experiences as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's selections and, later, as a professor of literature, she offers a series of rigorously analytical yet deeply personal readings of such beloved novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird . Rich and rewarding, this book will captivate and delight anyone who is interested in the history of books and in the personal and transformative experience of reading. |For anyone who is interested in the history of books and in the personal and transformative experience of reading. Radway offers both an engaging look at the Book-of the-Month Club's role as a cultural institution and a profound meditation on the love of books.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807848302
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm
Edition: New edition


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"Ambitious and engrossing, and it leaves us with much to ponder.

"Washington Post Book World""


Radway has written one of the most important books in this decade.

"Libraries and Culture"


It is the best book I know on the mind altering powers of reading for pleasure.

"American Quarterly"


Essential reading for scholars interested in the history of the book and popular culture.

"American Literature"


"Not only lays bare the forces that produced middlebrow reading but also explains a good deal of what is going on in the world of books today.

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "New York Times""


Ambitious and engrossing, and it leaves us with much to ponder.

"Washington Post Book World"


Not only lays bare the forces that produced middlebrow reading but also explains a good deal of what is going on in the world of books today.

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "New York Times"

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