A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary by Janice A. Radway

By Janice A. Radway

Deftly melding ethnography, cultural background, literary feedback, and autobiographical mirrored image, A Feeling for Books is instantly an enticing examine of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential position as a cultural establishment and a profoundly own meditation in regards to the adventure of interpreting. Janice Radway strains the heritage of the recognized mail-order booklet membership from its arguable founding in 1926 via its evolution into an company uniquely profitable in mixing trade and tradition. Framing her old narrative with writing of a extra own style, Radway displays at the modern position of the Book-of-the-Month membership in American cultural background and in her personal lifestyles. Her unique account of the factors and practices hired by way of the club's in-house editors is additionally an soaking up tale of her interactions with these editors. analyzing her reviews as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's decisions and, later, as a professor of literature, she bargains a chain of carefully analytical but deeply own readings of such cherished novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. wealthy and profitable, this booklet will captivate and enjoyment somebody who's drawn to the heritage of books and within the own and transformative adventure of reading.

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