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By Adelene Buckland, Beth Palmer

ISBN-10: 0754698777

ISBN-13: 9780754698777

ISBN-10: 1409400271

ISBN-13: 9781409400271

In 1957, Richard Altick's groundbreaking paintings "The English universal Reader" remodeled the examine of booklet historical past. placing readers on the centre of literary tradition, Altick anticipated-and helped produce-fifty years of scholarly inquiry into the methods and capability wherein the Victorians learn. Now, "A go back to the typical Reader" asks what Altick's idea of the 'common reader' really potential within the wake of a half-century of study. Digging deep into strange and eclectic documents and hitherto-overlooked resources, its authors supply new knowing to the hundreds of newly literate readers who picked up books within the Victorian interval. They locate readers in prisons, within the barracks, and all over the world, and so they remind us of the facility of these forgotten readers to discover forbidden texts, form new markets, and force the construction of latest interpreting fabric throughout a century. encouraged and knowledgeable through Altick's seminal paintings, "A go back to the typical Reader" is a state-of-the-art assortment which dramatically reconfigures our knowing of the normal Victorian readers whose efforts and offerings replaced our literary tradition without end.

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Other monthlies, such as the New Monthly Magazine and later Tait’s, reviewed literature and published original essays and articles, but not novels. Fraser’s (founded in 1830 and a scion of Blackwood’s) followed Maga’s example to an extent, with an emphasis on wit, satire, and the comic, but it decried the poor quality of fiction of the day in spoof, and cutting occasional reviews of Colburn’s and Bentley’s new novels, accompanied by virulent denunciation of the puffing practices of those two publishers.

It is probable, but by no means certain, that it had at least one woman editor,35 The winners for issue 25, 3 March 1890, for example, came from Cardiff, London, Neath, Aldershot, Aylesbury, Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Cottingham, Conway, Dowlais, Eton, Gosport, Mold, Newport, Pontypridd, Southampton, and Wrexham. 31 The work of Andrew Hobbs in ‘The reading world of a provincial town: Preston, 1854–1900’, conference paper given at ‘Reading the Evidence: Evidence of Reading’, Institute of English Studies, London, July 2008, is particularly relevant here, showing how mapping can associate readers with the location of their reading material.

P. 314.  Diana Dixon, ‘Children and the press, 1866–1914’, in The Press in English Society   from the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, ed. by Michael Harris and Alan Lee (London, 1986), pp. 133–48, 135. 10 Margaret Beetham, A Magazine of her Own? Domesticity and Desire in the Woman’s Magazine 1800–1914 (London, 1996), p. 121. 11 Lucy Brown, Victorian News and Newspapers (Oxford, 1985), pp. 31, 48. 12 Agnes Repplier, ‘English Railway Fiction’, in Points of View (Cambridge, MA, 1891), pp.

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