The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home

The Social Life of Books Reading Together in the Eighteenth Century Home A vivid exploration of the evolution of reading as an essential social and domestic activity during the eighteenth century Two centuries before the advent of radio television and motion pictures bo

  • Title: The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home
  • Author: Abigail Williams
  • ISBN: 9780300208290
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A vivid exploration of the evolution of reading as an essential social and domestic activity during the eighteenth century Two centuries before the advent of radio, television, and motion pictures, books were a cherished form of popular entertainment and an integral component of domestic social life In this fascinating and vivid history, Abigail Williams explores the waysA vivid exploration of the evolution of reading as an essential social and domestic activity during the eighteenth century Two centuries before the advent of radio, television, and motion pictures, books were a cherished form of popular entertainment and an integral component of domestic social life In this fascinating and vivid history, Abigail Williams explores the ways in which shared reading shaped the lives and literary culture of the time, offering new perspectives on how books have been used by their readers, and the part they have played in middle class homes and families Drawing on marginalia, letters and diaries, library catalogues, elocution manuals, subscription lists, and , Williams offers fresh and fascinating insights into reading, performance, and the history of middle class home life.

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    1. This looks fun! Williams says that within a family, the patriarch was in charge of buying books and of reading them out loud to his family. "Books had an aura of hierarchy and patriarchy: the parson in his pulpit, the politician at the dispatch box, the professor on the podium, paterfamilias in his armchair." No wonder Samuel fuckin' Richardson happened.


    2. I borrowed this book because why wouldn't I? It's about books, which is one of my favourite things.To be clear, this is not an easy read. It's about the ways people read in the 18th century and it's written in very dry, academic language. I almost stopped several times because of the language and the only reason I continued reading was because of the subject matter. To be fair, the fault is mine for assuming this would be an easy read.The book covers 8 topics:1. Reading aloud (the primary way pe [...]


    3. All sorts of eighteenth century reading. Works on elocution, lewd anecdotes to the Family Editions of works from Shakespeare onward, the problems with selling Shakespeare plays that hadn't actually been acted for over a century, the dangers of eyestrain and how having someone read aloud could protect your sight, reading associated knickknacks, and more.


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