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The Resource The making of middle/brow culture, Joan Shelley Rubin

The making of middle/brow culture, Joan Shelley Rubin

Label
The making of middle/brow culture
Title
The making of middle/brow culture
Statement of responsibility
Joan Shelley Rubin
Title variation
Making of middlebrow culture
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The proliferation of book clubs, reading groups, "outline" volumes, and new forms of book reviewing in the first half of the twentieth century influenced the tastes and pastimes of millions of Americans. By examining both the form and content of this popularization of literature, Joan Rubin recaptures here an activity that brought the humanities to the general public on an unprecedented scale. In doing so, she provides the first comprehensive analysis of the rise of American middlebrow culture and the values encompassed by it. Exploring the democratization of culture in a consumer society, Rubin concentrates on five important expressions of the middlebrow: the establishment of book clubs, including the founding of the Book-of-the-Month Club; the beginnings of "great books" programs; the creation ofthe New York Herald Tribune's book-review section; the popularity of such works as Will Durant's The Story of Philosophy; and the emergence of literary radio programs. Rubin also investigates the lives and expectations of the individuals who shaped these middlebrow enterprises--such figures as Stuart Pratt Sherman, Irita Van Doren, Henry Seidel Canby, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, John Erskine, William Lyon Phelps, Alexander Woollcott, and Clifton Fadiman. By demonstrating that an emphasis on character, liberal learning, and aesthetic training at least partly animated many of these writers, she revises the conventional view that the genteel tradition in American letters had vanished by World War I. Moreover, as she pursues the significance of these cultural intermediaries who connected elites and the masses by interpreting ideas to the public, Rubin forces a reconsideration of the boundary between high culture and popular sensibility
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Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rubin, Joan Shelley
Dewey number
028/.9/0973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Z1003.2
LC item number
.R83 1992eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Books and reading
  • Literature
  • Art appreciation
  • Popular culture
  • Middle class
  • Self-culture
  • Livres et lecture
  • Littérature
  • Art
  • Culture personnelle
  • Culture populaire
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Art appreciation
  • Books and reading
  • Literature
  • Middle class
  • Popular culture
  • Self-culture
  • United States
  • Leesgewoonten
  • Populaire literatuur
  • Art
  • Littérature
  • Culture populaire
  • Classes moyennes
  • Livres et lecture
  • États-Unis
Label
The making of middle/brow culture, Joan Shelley Rubin
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Spine title: The making of middlebrow culture
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-403) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Self, culture, and self-culture in America -- The "higher journalism" realigned : Stuart Pratt Sherman, Irita Van Doren, and Books -- Why do you disappoint yourself? : the early history of the Book-of-the-Month Club -- Classics and commercials : John Erskine and "great books" -- Merchant of light : Will Durant and the vogue of the "outline" -- Information, please! : book programs on commercial radio
Control code
42329347
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 416 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807864265
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9780807843543
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)42329347
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The making of middle/brow culture, Joan Shelley Rubin
Publication
Note
Spine title: The making of middlebrow culture
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-403) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Self, culture, and self-culture in America -- The "higher journalism" realigned : Stuart Pratt Sherman, Irita Van Doren, and Books -- Why do you disappoint yourself? : the early history of the Book-of-the-Month Club -- Classics and commercials : John Erskine and "great books" -- Merchant of light : Will Durant and the vogue of the "outline" -- Information, please! : book programs on commercial radio
Control code
42329347
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 416 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807864265
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9780807843543
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)42329347
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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