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The Many Histories of Books in the Early American Republic

The Many Histories of Books in the Early American Republic Review Essay The Many Histories of Books in the Early American Republic STEVEN CARL SMITH An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790–1840. Edited by Robert A. Gross and Mary Kelley. Volume 2 of A History of the Book in America. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Pp. xix ‫ .796 ם‬Cloth, $60.00. Paper, $45.00.) An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790–1840, edited by Robert A. Gross and Mary Kelley, is the second volume in the ambitious and critically acclaimed five-volume A History of the Book in America series. A monumental scholarly achievement that seamlessly blends synthesis with innovative archival work, An Extensive Republic is broken into six sections and twelve chapters authored by thirty-two leading scholars from an impressive range of disciplines that cover topics including the book trade, political culture, education, religious publishing, literature, and visual culture. The structure reflects the interdisciplinarity of a field that spans centuries, continents, and oceans. Given the immensity of the project, the editors masterfully weave the essays together in a series of introductions. Gross frames the expansive scope of An Extensive Republic in his fifty-page introduction that, since its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

The Many Histories of Books in the Early American Republic

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 37 (3) – Sep 1, 2017

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Review Essay The Many Histories of Books in the Early American Republic STEVEN CARL SMITH An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790–1840. Edited by Robert A. Gross and Mary Kelley. Volume 2 of A History of the Book in America. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Pp. xix ‫ .796 ם‬Cloth, $60.00. Paper, $45.00.) An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790–1840, edited by Robert A. Gross and Mary Kelley, is the second volume in the ambitious and critically acclaimed five-volume A History of the Book in America series. A monumental scholarly achievement that seamlessly blends synthesis with innovative archival work, An Extensive Republic is broken into six sections and twelve chapters authored by thirty-two leading scholars from an impressive range of disciplines that cover topics including the book trade, political culture, education, religious publishing, literature, and visual culture. The structure reflects the interdisciplinarity of a field that spans centuries, continents, and oceans. Given the immensity of the project, the editors masterfully weave the essays together in a series of introductions. Gross frames the expansive scope of An Extensive Republic in his fifty-page introduction that, since its

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Published: Sep 1, 2017

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