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Contents List of Figures vii Acknowledgements viii Introduction: Modernity and the Reading Public 1 1 ¿The Great Fiction Bore¿: Free Libraries and Their Users 23 Gissing and the common reader 23 The Public Library Movement 27 Fiction and the Public Space 31 Libraries, Reading and the Performance of Gender and Class 37 Moral Guardianship and the Librarian 45 2 Sensation and Sensibility: W.H. Smith and the Railway Bookstall 51 An Engine for Social Change 51 Train Travel and the Reader¿s Psyche 55 Circulation and Censorship: Policing the Literature of the Rail 66 ¿Something Hot and Strong¿: Bookstalls, Protection and Escapism 72 3 ¿People Read So Much Now and Reflect So Little¿: Oxford University Press and the Classics Series 85 Creating a Classic 85 A New Direction for Oxford University Press 95 ¿The Husks of Books¿: Cheap Classics and Cultural Distinction 106 4 ¿The Little Woman¿ and ¿The Boomster¿: Marie Corelli, Hall Caine and the Literary Field of the 1890s 117 The Power to Consecrate: The Critic as Novelist 117 Hall Caine and the ¿Realist¿ Romance 121 The Reviewing of Gender 134 Marie Corelli and the Romance of Emancipation 144 5 ¿Mr Bennett and Mrs Barclay¿: The Literary Field before the First World War 155 Authorship and Art 155 ¿Infuriating the Ungodly¿: The Popular Fiction of Florence Barclay 160 ¿Like a Machine¿: Bennett and the Popular as Art 173 vi Reading, Publishing and the Formation of Literary Taste in England Conclusion 193 Bibliography 197 Index 207
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Books and reading -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Books and reading -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Publishers and publishing -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Publishers and publishing -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- England.
Authors and readers -- England.
England -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
England -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.