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Shakespeare for the People: Working Class Readers, 1800-1900 Paperback – September 30, 2010
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"With this book, Murphy makes a solid, unique contribution to several fields of study...Recommended.
- A. DiMatteo, New York Institute of Technology, -Choice
"Andrew Murphy is a Shakespearian and a scholar of Renaissance literature who has bridged the gap between his usual stamping-ground of the early modern period and the very modern period of his work on Seamus Heaney (2000), with this study of nineteenth-century readership and literacy." -Kate Macdonald, University of Ghent, English Text Construction
"Murphy's book is to be lauded as a much-needed exploration of a hitherto neglected segment of the mass readership of Shakespeare that emerged in the nineteenth century. It is an invaluable work that reveals much new material while tacitly inviting its readers to explore further."
-Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America
Examining the lives and experiences of a wide range of working-class readers in the nineteenth century, Andrew Murphy explores the ways in which even the poorest members of society were able to become readers of Shakespeare. He asks whether it matters that Shakespeare has lost his popular audience today.