Making the Modern Reader. Cultural Mediation in Early Modern Literary Anthologies.
This book explores the differences between high culture and popular culture through investigating early modern formation of a literary canon. "Do anthologies reflect or shape contemporary literary taste?" Benedict finds a two-way street. Miscellanies and anthologies both transmit and reflect tastes and culture. In the 18th century, people could acquire culture through reading. London printing trade and the development of literary criticism are part of this study. Some pencil marginalia in the Introduction, otherwise book is in Very Good condition, very clean and well cared for. Current new hardcover price is $110. Princeton University Press. 1996. Hb, Dj. USED. $35.00