The History of Reading, Volume 2

Evidence from the British Isles, c.1750–1950

  • Katie Halsey
  • W. R. Owens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Katie Halsey, W. R. Owens
      Pages 1-11
  3. Reading Communities

  4. Reading and Gratification

  5. Reading and the Press

  6. Readers and Autodidacticism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-220

About this book


'Reading has a history. But how can we recover it?' This volume brings together original research essays focusing on the history of reading in the British Isles, using evidence ranging from library records to Mass Observation surveys to highlight the social factors that influence a seemingly private, individual activity.


history of literature individual Victorian era

Editors and affiliations

  • Katie Halsey
    • 1
  • W. R. Owens
    • 2
  1. 1.University of StirlingUK
  2. 2.The Open UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-32011-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-31679-9
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