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A Feeling for Books
Author: Janice A. Radway

ISBN: 9780807848302
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 15 August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 3.3
Description:
Deftly melding ethnography, cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, "A Feeling for Books" is at once an engaging study of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential role as a cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditation about the experience of reading. Janice Radway traces the history of the famous mail-order book club from its controversial founding in 1926 through its evolution into an enterprise uniquely successful in blending commerce and culture.

Framing her historical narrative with writing of a more personal sort, Radway reflects on the contemporary role of the Book-of-the-Month Club in American cultural history and in her own life. Her detailed account of the standards and practices employed by the club's in-house editors is also an absorbing story of her interactions with those editors. Examining her experiences as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's selections and, later, as a professor of literature, she offers a series of rigorously analytical yet deeply personal readings of such beloved novels as "Marjorie Morningstar" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Rich and rewarding, ...

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