Australian Readers Remember

Australian Readers Remember

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What was read in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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This book is a fresh cultural history, based on an investigation into the reading habits - the literacy and access to books - of 60 Australians and their parents, who were asked to recall and comment on what they were reading in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is the first survey of Australian literary habits to focus on readers' own experiences and interests.

Part 1 introduces the study, the place of oral history, and the problems involved in analysing the findings. Part Two offers an account of readers' memories of novels, poetry, children's books, and newspapers. Part Three examines the diffusion of literature and how the interviewees obtained access to books. Part Four, the most original in the book, analyses the status of reading, attitudes towards books, as well as myths and prejudices surrounding the act of reading.

Australian cultural historians have looked at writers and the circulation of their works, but seldom at readers and reading. This study explores the act of reading as an historical phenomenon, and opens up an important dimension of our past.

Soft cover, 230pgs, illustrated, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. Very good, spine slightly faded. .

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Short Description What was read in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Weight (g) 355.0000
Author Martin Lyons & Lucy Taksa
Publisher Oxford University press
Date Published 1992
ISBN 0195533046
Size 230mm x 150mm

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