Most people believed that reading significantly influenced minds, attitudes, and actions during the centuries when printed paper was the only means by which texts could travel across time and distance. William St. Clair offers a very different picture of the past from those presented by traditional approaches through quantified information he provides on book prices, print runs, intellectual property, and readerships gathered from over fifty publishing and printing archives.In this 2004 book, William St Clair investigates how the national culture can be understood through a quantitative study of the books that were actually read.
|Title||:||The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period|
|Author||:||William St. Clair|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2004|