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Preliminary Reading List

H-50. The American Book in the Industrial Era, 1820–1940

Michael Winship


Preliminary Advices

Required Readings

  1. A History of the Book in America, Volume 3: The Industrial Book, 1840–1880, ed. Scott E. Casper, Jeffrey D. Groves, Stephen W. Nissenbaum, & Michael Winship (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007). See especially the introduction and coda (by Scott Casper), chapters 1 and 4 (by Michael Winship & Jeff Groves), and chapter 8 (by Barbara Sicherman).
  2. A History of the Book in America, Volume 4: Print in Motion, The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880–1940, ed. Carl F. Kaestle & Jan Radway). See especially the prologue, epilogue, and introductions (by Carl Kaestle & Jan Radway), chapter 3 (by Michael Winship), chapter 4 (by Jim West) and chapter 5 (Peter Jaszi & Martha Woodmansee).

    This series is the standard modern scholarly history of the book in America, and students are encouraged to consult these and the other volumes in the series for further browsing and selective additional reading.

Suggested Readings

For additional historical background, one or more of the following may also be useful:

For bibliographical practice, the following are the fundamental texts: