How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain
|Publication Date:||Oct 2013|
| Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
| Book Format:||Paperback|
|List Price:||USD $25.95|
| Book Description: |
How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain asks how our culture came to frown on using books for any purpose other than reading. When did the coffee-table book become an object of scorn? Why did law courts forbid witnesses to kiss the Bible? What made Victorian cartoonists mock commuters who hid behind the newspaper, ladies who matched their books' binding to their dress, and servants who reduced newspapers to fish 'n' chips wrap?
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