Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book) (Hardcover)

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The publishing phenomenon of summer reading, often focused on novels set in vacation destinations, started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture and tourist culture expanded in the United States. As an emerging middle class increasingly embraced summer leisure as a marker of social status, book publishers sought new market opportunities, authors discovered a growing readership, and more readers indulged in lighter fare.

Drawing on publishing records, book reviews, readers' diaries, and popular novels of the period, Donna Harrington-Lueker explores the beginning of summer reading and the backlash against it. Countering fears about the dangers of leisurely reading--especially for young women--publishers framed summer reading not as a disreputable habit but as a respectable pastime and welcome respite. Books for Idle Hours sheds new light on an ongoing seasonal publishing tradition.

About the Author


Donna Harrington-Lueker is professor of English at Salve Regina University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781625343826
ISBN-10: 1625343825
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication Date: December 12th, 2018
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book