Provincial readers in eighteenth-century England / Jan Fergus.

The English novel took shape in the 18th century, but no one knows who read novels like 'Humphry Clinker' & 'Clarissa' when they were first published. Drawing on booksellers' archives & parish records, this book shows who in the Midlands actually bought novels, plays...

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Online Access:Electronic book from Oxford Scholarship Online
Main Author: Fergus, Jan S., 1943-
Format: eBook
Published:Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Table of Contents:
  • Contents; Introduction; 1. Audiences for Novels: Gendered Reading; 2. Consuming Practices: Canonicity, Novels, and Plays; 3. Schoolboy Readers: John Newbery's Goody Two-Shoes and Licensed War; 4. Schoolboy Practices: Novels, Children's Books, Chapbooks, and Magazines; 5. Audiences for Magazines and Serialized Publications; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index to Novels, Bought and Borrowed; Index to Customers for Novels; General Index.