The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period
By (author) William St. Clair
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Reading Nation in the Romantic Period by William St. Clair
Book DescriptionDuring the four centuries when printed paper was the only means by which texts could be carried across time and distance, everyone engaged in politics, education, religion, and literature believed that reading helped to shape the minds, opinions, attitudes, and ultimately the actions, of readers. In this 2004 book, William St Clair investigates how the national culture can be understood through a quantitative study of the books that were actually read. Centred on the Romantic period in the English-speaking world, but ranging across the whole print era, it reaches startling conclusions about the forces that determined how ideas were carried, through print, into wider society. St Clair provides an in-depth investigation of information, made available here for the first time, on prices, print runs, intellectual property, and readerships gathered from over fifty publishing and printing archives. He offers a picture of the past very different from those presented by traditional approaches. Indispensable to students of English literature, book history, and the history of ideas, the study's conclusions and explanatory models are highly relevant to the issues we face in the age of the internet.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521699440
(228mm x 152mm x 45mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Lord Elgin and the Marbles, Paperback (June 1998)
The Elgin Marbles have created controversy ever since they were first brought to Britain by the 7th Lord Elgin. Based on a detailed study of both original records and recent discoveries, this text offers an account of the discovery and acquisition of the Marbles, and contemporary debates.
Godwins and the Shelleys, Paperback (June 1991)» View all books by William St. Clair
Much more than the biography of a family. It is in large measure the biography of an era . . . The reader comes away with the feeling that he has witnessed a panorama of intellectual history which transcends the records of individual failures and weaknesses.
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Author Biography - William St. Clair
William St Clair is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.
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