A Fictive People: Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public

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This book explores an important boundary between history and literature: the antebellum reading public for books written by Americans. Zboray describes how fiction took root in the United States and what literature contributed to the readers' sense of themselves. He traces the rise of fiction as a social history centered on the book trade and chronicles the large societal changes shaping, circumscribing, and sometimes defining the limits of the antebellum reading public. A Fictive People explodes two notions that are ...

A Fictive People: Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public 1993, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195075823

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