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The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home

Abigail Williams


Two centuries before the advent of radio, television, and motion pictures, books were a cherished form of popular entertainment and an integral component of domestic social life. This history explores the ways in which shared reading shaped the lives and literary culture of the time, offering new perspectives on how books have been used by their readers, and the part that they have played in middle-class homes and families. Drawing on marginalia, letters and diaries, library catalogues, elocution manuals, subscription lists, and more, the book offers fresh and fascinating insights into reading ... More

Keywords: books, domestic social life, shared reading, readers, middle-class home

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300208290
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300208290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail Williams, author
University of Oxford

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