A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary by Janice A. Radway PDF

By Janice A. Radway

ISBN-10: 0807823570

ISBN-13: 9780807823576

ISBN-10: 0807848301

ISBN-13: 9780807848302

Deftly melding ethnography, cultural background, literary feedback, and autobiographical mirrored image, A Feeling for Books is without delay an enticing research of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential position as a cultural establishment and a profoundly own meditation concerning the event of examining. Janice Radway strains the historical past of the well-known mail-order ebook membership from its arguable founding in 1926 via its evolution into an firm uniquely winning in mixing trade and tradition. Framing her old narrative with writing of a extra own kind, Radway displays at the modern function of the Book-of-the-Month membership in American cultural background and in her personal existence. Her special account of the factors and practices hired by way of the club's in-house editors is usually an soaking up tale of her interactions with these editors. interpreting her reports as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's choices and, later, as a professor of literature, she deals a sequence of carefully analytical but deeply own readings of such liked novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. wealthy and lucrative, this booklet will captivate and pleasure a person who's attracted to the heritage of books and within the own and transformative adventure of reading.

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