Hugh McIntosh - Guilty Pleasures: Popular Novels and American Audiences in the Long Nineteenth Century

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The idea that novels could be less than great yet still command a large share of the American reading public surfaced in the mid-nineteenth century. In this illuminating cultural history, McIntosh, who teaches English at Georgetown Day, focuses on our ambivalence about middle-brow reading from roughly 1850 to 1920. Drawing on contemporary criticism, advertising, and reader response, McIntosh charts the reception of novels including Uncle Tom’s Cabin (the first certified U.S. best-seller), Ben Hur, Trilby, and others. His informed readings of both the fiction and their popular audiences offer a revealing look at the American psyche—at once insecure, self-reliant, and dedicated to nurturing the spirit of amateurism.

 

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$24.50
ISBN: 9780813941653
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Published: University of Virginia Press - September 24th, 2018

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