webinar register page

Webinar banner
Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading
The publishing phenomenon of summer reading started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture and tourist culture expanded in the United States. Drawing on publishing records, book reviews, readers’ diaries, and popular novels of the period, Donna Harrington-Lueker explores the beginning of summer reading and the backlash against it. Countering fears about the dangers of leisurely reading—especially for young women—publishers framed summer reading not as a disreputable habit but as a respectable pastime and welcome respite. Harrington-Lueker works to shed new light on an ongoing seasonal publishing tradition.

Jun 11, 2020 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar logo
* Required information


Donna Harrington-Lueker
Professor @Salve Regina University
onna Harrington-Lueker is a professor in the Department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. A former magazine writer and editor, her research interests include nineteenth-century print culture, women’s magazines of any period, and the radical or alternative press. She received her bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has worked as a magazine editor in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco and freelanced from the Providence, R.I., area.