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Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914–1950

Joseph McAleer


Before the advent of television, reading was among the most popular of leisure activities. ‘Light’ fiction — romances, thrillers, westerns — was the sustenance of millions in wartime and in peace. This study examines the size and complexion of the reading public and the development of an increasingly commercialised publishing industry in the early 20th century. The book uses a variety of sources, including the Mass Observation Archive and previously confidential publishers' records, to explore the nature of popular fiction and its readers. It analyses the editorial policies that created the su ... More

Keywords: television, reading, leisure, romances, thrillers, westerns, publishing industry, popular fiction, editorial policies, Religious Tract Society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203292
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph McAleer, author