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Print Culture / American History / Women's Studies
Creating an Empire in Children’s Book Publishing, 19191939
Print Culture History in Modern America
“[These women were] not only superstars in a newly competitive field but also net-workers determined to carry out a mission requiring intense collaboration. The costs and payoffs of these women’s workboth for them and for usmake dynamic reading.”
—Betsy Hearne, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
The most comprehensive account of the women who, as librarians, editors, and founders of the Horn Book, shaped the modern children’s book industry between 1919 and 1939. The lives of Anne Carroll Moore, Alice Jordan, Louise Seaman Bechtel, May Massee, Bertha Mahony Miller, and Elinor Whitney Field open up for readers the world of female professionalization. What emerges is a vivid illustration of some of the cultural debates of the time, including concerns about “good reading” for children and about women’s negotiations between domesticity and participation in the paid labor force and the costs and payoffs of professional life.
Jacalyn Eddy is lecturer in humanities at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
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This book is published in a collaboration among the University of Wisconsin Press, the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America (a joint program of the University of WisconsinMadison and the Wisconsin Historical Society), and the University of WisconsinMadison General Library System Office of Scholarly Communication.
Another book in this collaboration is Women in Print.
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LC: 2005021513 Z
264 pp. 6 x 9
Paper $29.95 s
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