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Cultures of Letters: Scenes of Reading and Writing in Nineteenth-Century America

Cultures of Letters: Scenes of Reading and Writing in Nineteenth-Century America

Current price: $33.00
Publication Date: February 7th, 1995
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
ISBN:
9780226075266
Pages:
256
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Description

Using a variety of historical sources, Richard H. Brodhead reconstructs the institutionalized literary worlds that coexisted in nineteenth-century America: the middle-class domestic culture of letters, the culture of mass-produced cheap reading, the militantly hierarchical high culture of post-emancipation black education. He describes how these socially structured worlds of writing shaped the terms of literary practice for writers like Stowe, Hawthorne, Fanny Fern, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Charles Chesnutt.