By Cynthia Fitterer Klingel, Robert B. Noyed
An creation to the historical past, govt, tradition, humans, and points of way of life of old Greece and its pervasive and enduring impression on western civilization.
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Similarly, in Norwich, William Fish’s library catalogue (1817) illustrates the exploitative potential of Gothic fiction. Fish’s catalogue advertises 705 ‘Novels and Romances’, 18 per cent of which are Gothic fiction, and reveals a proprietor with an eye on both ends of the literary market. A large collection of ‘trade’ Gothic, an especially large influx of novels published by Minerva Press, suggests his desire to acquire many of the most popular works and, presumably, to weed out titles no longer in vogue to make room for these new ones and to keep his stock attractive.
There were, of course, economic pitfalls and difficulties for smaller libraries. The Use of Circulating Libraries Considered (1797) adds this (un)helpful caution: I am perfectly satisfied that not one Circulating Library in twenty, is, by its profits, enabled to give support to a family, or even pay for the trouble and expense attending it; therefore the bookselling and stationary business should always be annexed, and in country towns, some other may be added, the following in particular, are suitable for this purpose.
5 William Lane is another example of a library exploiting readers’ tastes, and advertising novels that were in vogue. Lane’s A Tale Addressed to the Novel Readers of the Present Times (1795) creates a romance narrative out of titles that were tremendously popular: In a sequestered and romantic part of an interior county resided ELLEN, COUNTESS OF CASTLE HOWARD; a Lady united an excellent mind to an elegant person. 6 The library organisation The library itself was an organisation strictly structured and streamlined into a competitive and profitable business.
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