Blair, Amy L.. (2012) Reading up :middle-class readers and the culture of success in the early twentieth-century United States Philadelphia : Temple University Press,MLA Citation
Blair, Amy L.. Reading Up: Middle-class Readers And The Culture Of Success In The Early Twentieth-century United States. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2012. Print.
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Reading up : middle-class readers and the culture of success in the early twentieth-century United States /
Amy L. Blair.
|Main Author:||Blair, Amy L.|
|Published:||Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2012.|
|Topics:||American literature - Appreciation - United States - History - 20th century. | Popular literature - United States - History and criticism. | Books and reading - United States - History - 20th century. | Middle class - Books and reading - United States - History - 20th century. | Literature and society - United States - History - 20th century. | Mabie, Hamilton Wright, 1846-1916.|
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|100||1 |aBlair, Amy L.,|d1972-|
|245||10|aReading up :|bmiddle-class readers and the culture of success in the early twentieth-century United States /|cAmy L. Blair.|
|260|||aPhiladelphia :|bTemple University Press,|c2012.|
|300|||aix, 250 p. ;|c23 cm.|
|504|||aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -240) and index.|
|505||0 |aIntroduction: Cultivating taste in a mass-market world -- Mr. Mabie tells what to read -- The compromise of Silas Lapham -- James for the general reader -- Misreading The house of mirth -- The comforts of romanticism -- Epilogue: Reading up into the twenty-first century -- Appendix A: The Mabie canon -- Appendix B: "Novels descriptive of American life" (November 1908).|
|520|||a"A person who reads a book for self-improvement rather than aesthetic pleasure is 'reading up.' Reading Up is Amy Blair's engaging study of popular literary critics who promoted reading generally and specific books as vehicles for acquiring cultural competence and economic mobility. Combining methodologies from the history of the book and the history of reading, to mass-cultural studies, reader-response criticism, reception studies, and formalist literary analysis, Blair shows how such critics influenced the choices of striving readers and popularized some elite writers. Framed by an analysis of Hamilton Wright Mabie's role promoting the concept of reading up during his ten-year stint as the cultivator of literary taste for the highly popular Ladies' Home Journal, Reading Up reveals how readers flocked to literary works they would be expected to dislike. Blair shows that while readers could be led to certain books by a trusted adviser, they frequently followed their own path in interpreting them in unexpected ways"--Amazon.com.|
|600||10|aMabie, Hamilton Wright,|d1846-1916.|
|650||0|aAmerican literature|xAppreciation|zUnited States|xHistory|y20th century.|
|650||0|aPopular literature|zUnited States|xHistory and criticism.|
|650||0|aBooks and reading|zUnited States|xHistory|y20th century.|
|650||0|aMiddle class|xBooks and reading|zUnited States|xHistory|y20th century.|
|650||0|aLiterature and society|zUnited States|xHistory|y20th century.|