Reading Fiction in Antebellum America: Informed Response and Reception Histories, 1820-1865

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James L. Machor offers a sweeping exploration of how American fiction was received in both public and private spheres in the United States before the Civil War. Machor takes four antebellum authors--Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Catharine Sedgwick, and Caroline Chesebro'--and analyzes how their works were published, received, and interpreted. Drawing on discussions found in book reviews and in private letters and diaries, Machor examines how middle-class readers of the time engaged with contemporary fiction and how ...

Reading Fiction in Antebellum America: Informed Response and Reception Histories, 1820-1865 2011, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

ISBN-13: 9780801898747

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