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TRAFFICKING IN LITERARY AUTHORITY: MUDIE'S SELECT LIBRARY AND THE COMMODIFICATION OF THE VICTORIAN NOVEL

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2006

Lewis Roberts
Affiliation:
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

Abstract

Of all the devices of our complex and complete civilization, I think this huge circulating library system one of the most convenient and agreeable;…to have…volumes of excellent literature for one's exclusive use, seems to me a real privilege, and capital return for one's money.

—Frances Ann Kemble, Further Records 1848–1883

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