Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read

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Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read

summer reading at the beach

The summer beach read is a great way to unplug and mindlessly gobble up books that may or may not be of great literary significance, whether it’s frothy romances or celebrity tell-alls or whatever your secret bookish vice is. The phenomenon dates all the way back to the nineteenth century, when idle hours were a signifier of social status. Almost immediately, a backlash ensued and summer reading was seen as a threat to the minds of impressionable young women. Donna Harrington-Lueker recently released Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading* (University of Massachusetts Press), and she’ll explain some of the story in the final installment of the Redwood Library’s spring Life of the Mind salon series.

*If you buy the book through IndieBound you’re supporting local booksellers and also giving me a little referral fee.

May 08 2019


Date: May 8, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: $10
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