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About the Book

Beyond the Book

664 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 51 illus., 5 tables, 15 graphs

A History of the Book in America

Volume 1: The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World

The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World carries the interrelated stories of publishing, writing, and reading from the beginning of the colonial period in America up to 1790. Three major themes run through the volume: the persisting connections between the book trade in the Old World and the New, evidenced in modes of intellectual and cultural exchange and the dominance of imported, chiefly English books; the gradual emergence of a competitive book trade in which newspapers were the largest form of production; and the institution of a "culture of the Word," organized around an essentially theological understanding of print, authorship, and reading, complemented by other frameworks of meaning that included the culture of republicanism. The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World also traces the histories of literary and learned culture, censorship and "freedom of the press," and literacy and orality.


Hugh Amory

Ross W. Beales, The College of the Holy Cross

John Bidwell, Princeton University Library

Richard D. Brown, University of Connecticut

Charles E. Clark, University of New Hampshire

James N. Green, Library Company of Philadelphia

David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School

Russell L. Martin, Southern Methodist University

E. Jennifer Monaghan, Brooklyn College of The City University of New York

James Raven, University of Essex

Elizabeth Carroll Reilly, Hardwick, Massachusetts

A. Gregg Roeber, Pennsylvania State University

David S. Shields, University of South Carolina

Calhoun Winton, University of Maryland

About the Author

Hugh Amory (1930-2001) was Senior Rare Book Cataloger at the Houghton Library, Harvard University. David D. Hall is professor of American religious history at Harvard Divinity School.

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