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Small Books and Pleasant Histories Popular Fiction and Its Readership in Seventeenth-Century England

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ISBN-10: 0521312183

ISBN-13: 9780521312189

Edition: 1985

Authors: Margaret Spufford, Lyndal Roper

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Attention has increasingly turned in recent years from the economic and agricultural framework of the life of the English villager in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to his or her social and mental world. Margaret Spufford's interest in literacy, and particularly in the ability to read, which laid the villager open to all sorts of external influences other than those coming from the pulpit and the manor house, has led her in this book to examine both the spread of reading ability, and one of the principal forms of cheap print available in the late seventeenth century at a price within the reach of the day labourer. Many historians, notably history of education specialists, had not…    
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Book details

List price: $52.99
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/3/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

CRIS BEAM is a journalist who has written for several national magazines as well as for public radio. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia and the New School. She lives in New York.Lyndal Roper is professor of history at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Balliol College.

Illustrations
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Dedication
Preface
The mental world of the peasant reader
Elementary education and the acquisition of reading skills
Direct and indirect evidence for readership of the chapbooks
The fortunes and the volume of stock of the chapbook publishers
The distributors: pedlars, hawkers and petty chapmen
The content of Samuel Pepys's collection and the bibliothFque bleue
Small merry books: courtship, sex and songs
Portraits of society: historical and chivalric novels
Conclusion
Appendix
Index