Novels, Readers, and Reviewers
Novels, Readers, and Reviewers

Novels, Readers, and Reviewers

Baym, Nina

Editorial:
Longleaf Services on behalf of Cornell University
ISBN:
978-1-5017-2776-4
This book describes and characterizes responses of American readers to fiction in the generation before the Civil War. It is based on close examination of the reviews of all novels... Más información
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Editorial:
Longleaf Services on behalf of Cornell University
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Tapa blanda o Bolsillo
Idioma de publicación :
Inglés
ISBN:
978-1-5017-2776-4
EAN:
9781501727764
Dimensiones:
2290 x 1520 mm.
Peso:
427 gramos
Nº páginas:
288
Fecha publicación :
02-07-2018
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    This book describes and characterizes responses of American readers to fiction in the generation before the Civil War. It is based on close examination of the reviews of all novels--both American and European--that appeared in major American periodicals during the years 1840-1860, a period in which magazines, novels, and novel reviews all proliferated. Nina Baym makes uses of the reviews to gain information about the formal, aesthetic, and moral expectations of reviewers. Her major conclusion is that the accepted view about the American novel before the Civil War--the view that the atmosphere in America was hostile to fiction--is a myth. There is compelling evidence, she shows, for the existence of a veritable novel industry and, concomitantly, a vast audience for fiction in the 1840s and 1850s.

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