‘A kind of alcoholism’: views of novel-reading in the 19C

Although the value of 'reading for pleasure' has become part and parcel of contemporary reading culture, this much promoted past-time, to children and adults alike, was not always considered so laudable. In fact, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as the novel proliferated, numerous people and groups sought to repress this increasingly popular... Continue Reading →

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