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The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture
by Jared Gardner
University of Illinois Press, 2014
Cloth: 978-0-252-03670-5 | Paper: 978-0-252-08006-7 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09381-4
Library of Congress Classification PS193.G37 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 070.572097309033


Countering assumptions about early American print culture and challenging our scholarly fixation on the novel, Jared Gardner reimagines the early American magazine as a rich literary culture that operated as a model for nation-building by celebrating editorship over authorship and serving as a virtual salon in which citizens were invited to share their different perspectives. The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture reexamines early magazines and their reach to show how magazine culture was multivocal and presented a porous distinction between author and reader, as opposed to novel culture, which imposed a one-sided authorial voice and restricted the agency of the reader.

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