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Stone, C.H. [Margaret], Mrs. To reading clubs and students of fiction. [St. Louis: The Modern Novel Club, 1897]. 12mo (15.1 cm, 5.94"). 22, [2 (blank)] pp. $100.00
On the role of modern fiction in society and the question of literary value: Stone, founder of the Modern Novel Club, argues that => 16- to 20-year-olds should be reading "modern realistic and analytic fiction" rather than Shakespeare in order to develop their humanity. At the back is a complete list of all the books the club had discussed (to that date) since its organization. This little pamphlet is scarce; a search of WorldCat finds => no reported holdings.
Provenance: Front page with rubber-stamp of William C. Gannett, clergyman and reformer; the Rev. Gannett and his wife ran a number of reading and study groups associated with the Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY.
Stapled as issued, rubber-stamped (faintly) as above. Pages slightly age-toned with a few tiny spots, two phrases underlined in pencil, otherwise clean. => A rare ephemeral item, of interest for scholars of literary theory and pedagogy as well as people who may just enjoy a nice little historical-cultural surprise. (41955) Please RESHELVE This.
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