By Paul Raphael Rooney, Anna Gasperini
This e-book explores Victorian readers’ intake of a wide range of examining topic. validated students and rising researchers study nineteenth-century viewers encounters with print tradition fabric equivalent to periodicals, books in sequence, affordable serials, and broadside ballads. key strands of enquiry run during the quantity. First, those reviews of historic readership throughout the Victorian interval glance to get well the motivations or wanted returns that underpinned those audiences’ engagement with this analyzing subject. moment, participants examine how nineteenth-century analyzing and intake of print used to be framed and/or formed by means of contemporaneous engagement with content material disseminated in different media like ads, the degree, exhibitions, and oral tradition.
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Using a range of evidence from readers’ queries, essay competitions, and book club reading recommendations in the pages of girls’ magazines, as well as examples from fiction, letters, and diaries, this chapter uncovers a small portion of Malory’s girl readers to suggest that, despite the persistent marketing of male editors, Le Morte Darthur in the nineteenth century was not just for boys. LE MORTE DARTHUR AND THE VICTORIAN GIRL READER 37 MALORY’S JUVENILE READERS By 1900, Knowles’s The Story of King Arthur and his Knights had passed into eight editions, a fact that seems to offer firm proof of the popularity of his text among juvenile readers.
Ten Books’ (1886), a short article published in Charlotte Yonge’s Monthly Packet of Evening Readings for Members of the English Church, offered an instructive list of books that might constitute a girl’s ‘life friends’. 29 Boys’ and girls’ magazines in circulation from the middle of the nineteenth century also confirm that the juvenile readership for Malory’s text was not as uniform as Knowles and his successors thought. 31 One Young Folks article promoting Le Morte Darthur as ‘a good story-book’ begins by describing it in familiar terms as ‘one of the most beautiful story-books for boys ever written’, but ends by acknowledging its attractions for a wider audience of ‘young people’: As a book for young people it is admirable.
2 (1968), 155–76, 176, he notes that Smiles’s audience was always aimed at youth and his books were often given as school prizes. In addition to the areas noted below, it would be interesting to track young readers’ experience with Self-Help. 28. Athenaeum (1960), 832. Smiles, Self-Help, 7) and many of his reviewers were quick to agree (see Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine, Self-Help by S. Smiles reviewed 27 (1860), 552–55, 554; The Christian Examiner, Self-Help by S. Smiles reviewed, Vols. Smiles reviewed 3 (1860), 44–49, 44).
Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Victorian Reading Experience by Paul Raphael Rooney, Anna Gasperini