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A Return to the Common Reader: Print Culture and the Novel, by Adelene Buckland, Beth Palmer

By Adelene Buckland, Beth Palmer

In 1957, Richard Altick's groundbreaking paintings "The English universal Reader" remodeled the research of publication background. placing readers on the centre of literary tradition, Altick anticipated-and helped produce-fifty years of scholarly inquiry into the methods and capability through which the Victorians learn. Now, "A go back to the typical Reader" asks what Altick's notion of the 'common reader' really ability within the wake of a half-century of study. Digging deep into strange and eclectic files and hitherto-overlooked assets, its authors supply new knowing to the hundreds of newly literate readers who picked up books within the Victorian interval. They locate readers in prisons, within the barracks, and worldwide, and so they remind us of the ability of these forgotten readers to discover forbidden texts, form new markets, and force the creation of latest analyzing fabric throughout a century. encouraged and knowledgeable via Altick's seminal paintings, "A go back to the typical Reader" is a state of the art assortment which dramatically reconfigures our knowing of the normal Victorian readers whose efforts and offerings replaced our literary tradition endlessly.

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It is probable, but by no means certain, that it had at least one woman editor,35 The winners for issue 25, 3 March 1890, for example, came from Cardiff, London, Neath, Aldershot, Aylesbury, Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Cottingham, Conway, Dowlais, Eton, Gosport, Mold, Newport, Pontypridd, Southampton, and Wrexham. 31 The work of Andrew Hobbs in ‘The reading world of a provincial town: Preston, 1854–1900’, conference paper given at ‘Reading the Evidence: Evidence of Reading’, Institute of English Studies, London, July 2008, is particularly relevant here, showing how mapping can associate readers with the location of their reading material.

Judd, ‘Male pseudonyms and female authority in Victorian England’, in Literature in the Marketplace, ed. by John O. Jordan and Robert L. Patten (Cambridge, 1995), pp. 250–68. 38 ‘Her Majesty’s Government v. “Dorothy”’, Dorothy’s Home Journal for Ladies 1/43 (7 July 1890), p. 3. 39 ‘Special Prize Competitions’, Dorothy’s Home Journal for Ladies 1/43 (7 July 1890), p. 3. 40 Dorothy’s Home Journal for Ladies 1/43 (7 July 1890), pp. 3, 16. 41 ‘A Guinea Prize Monthly’, Dorothy’s Home Journal for Ladies 5/137 (25 April 1892), p.

33 Yet the lists of competition winners also show us, for example, that men read the Dorothy as well as women, which confirms the practice of ‘family’ or non-sensational periodicals being coded as ‘women’s’. The Dorothy’s tone was always friendly, the voice and face of an older woman who understood her readers’ interests and concerns, reflecting a late-Victorian trend in publishing. 34 Who the editors, and writers, of the Dorothy were is unknown: no business or other records have been found to shed light on its day-to-day running or production.

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