The Social Life of Books

The Social Life of Books

Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home

Hardback362pp Illustrated232x156mm

9780300208290     Product Code: 513390

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Starting with the example of William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s cosy evening in a tavern reading ‘an odd volume of Congreve’s plays’, as recorded in Dorothy’s diary, Abigail Williams sets out to show how ‘a history of sociable reading puts books back into the lives and homes, enabling us to see literature in the round’. Discussing topics such as verse at home, drama and recital, the rise of the novel, non-fiction and religious reading, the book offers fresh insights into middle-class domestic life.

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