“This ambitious book describes the roles and fortunes of a largely unrecognized industry of the past ― the 19th-century reed organ industry ― by simultaneously placing it within a broad assessment of the history and culture of its time. Waring's handling of the multiple associations and roles of the reed organ within Victorian life is both subtle and revealing."― (Paul Théberge, author of Any Sound You Can Imagine)
"Manufacturing the Muse will make a superb addition to existing literature on American musical culture, business history and the monumental development of American society into a consumer society. An impressive, fascinating and readable book that deserves wide circulation and much acclaim." (Craig H. Roell, Professor of American Business and Cultural History, Georgia Southern University)
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8 1/2 x 11 trim. 124 b/w illus.