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By Janice A. Radway

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 in regards to the event of interpreting. Janice Radway lines the background of the well-known mail-order publication membership from its arguable founding in 1926 via its evolution into an firm uniquely winning in mixing trade and tradition. Framing her ancient narrative with writing of a extra own kind, Radway displays at the modern position of the Book-of-the-Month membership in American cultural heritage and in her personal lifestyles. Her certain account of the criteria and practices hired through the club's in-house editors is usually an soaking up tale of her interactions with these editors. interpreting her stories as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's choices and, later, as a professor of literature, she deals a chain of carefully analytical but deeply own readings of such cherished novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. wealthy and lucrative, this ebook will captivate and enjoyment somebody who's drawn to the historical past of books and within the own and transformative event of reading.

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A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire by Janice A. Radway

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