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Eight Eighteenth Century Reading Societies

A Sociological Contribution to the History of German Literature


Barney Milstein

Among the phenomena of middle-class life of the late 18th century were the Reading Societies. The study attempts to analyze them with respect to their social and cultural function.
Contents: Part 1: The Reading Societies of Trier, Ludwigsburg, Schaffhausen, Zug, Wädenswil, Basel. Tables comparing the percentage of various types of literature represented and authors of fiction preferred by different groups - Part 2: Membership lists as well as complete lists of books owned by the different Societies. Comparative evaluation.