A Return to the Common Reader: Print Culture and the Novel, by Adelene Buckland, Beth Palmer

By Adelene Buckland, Beth Palmer

In 1957, Richard Altick's groundbreaking paintings "The English universal Reader" remodeled the examine of e-book heritage. placing readers on the centre of literary tradition, Altick anticipated-and helped produce-fifty years of scholarly inquiry into the methods and ability in which the Victorians learn. Now, "A go back to the typical Reader" asks what Altick's idea of the 'common reader' truly capacity within the wake of a half-century of analysis. Digging deep into strange and eclectic documents and hitherto-overlooked assets, its authors provide new figuring out to the hundreds of newly literate readers who picked up books within the Victorian interval. They locate readers in prisons, within the barracks, and world wide, and so they remind us of the facility of these forgotten readers to discover forbidden texts, form new markets, and force the construction of recent analyzing fabric throughout a century. encouraged and trained through Altick's seminal paintings, "A go back to the typical Reader" is a state of the art assortment which dramatically reconfigures our realizing of the normal Victorian readers whose efforts and offerings replaced our literary tradition eternally.

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15. 17 For an excellent survey see Kelly J. Mays, ‘The disease of reading and Victorian periodicals’, in Literature in the Marketplace, ed. by John O. Jordan and Robert L. Patten (Cambridge, 1995), pp. 165–94. 18 Louis James, Fiction for the Working Man, 1830–1850: A Study of the Literature produced for the Working Classes in Early Victorian Urban England (London, 1963). 19 Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (London, 2001). 20 Beetham. , p. 64. 22 Jennifer Phegley, ‘Clearing away the Briars and Brambles”: The education and professionalization of the Cornhill Magazine’s women readers, 1860–65’, Victorian Periodicals Review 33/1 (2000), pp.

Was suggested (Dorothy’s Home Journal 7/169 [5 December 1892], p. 306), and the ten-penny edition of Sartor Resartus (Dorothy’s Home Journal 8/185 [25 March 1893], p. 59). A Return to the Common Reader 30 libraries, but they would have needed the books for two months at a time: a practical drawback. In some reading lists, prices and editions were given for some of the books, indicating that readers were expected to buy the books, rather than borrow. 47 These are not small sums, and give a strong indication of the prize inducements considered necessary by the editor.

Whatever their verdicts on the titles noticed, reviews of fiction attracted curious readers to the journals, thus enhancing circulation, and circulated the names of new fiction to potential borrowers or purchasers, benefiting authors, publishers, and the commercial libraries. Moreover, publishers often excerpted reviews from the magazines and reinserted them into the magazines in their adverts of their new lists to boost a title, thus enhancing the authority of the magazine cited and circulating its name, thereby covertly rewarding the magazine for reviewing its new titles.

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