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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist MagazinesVolume II: North America 1894-1960$
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Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199545810.001.0001

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The Chap-Book (1894–8)

The Chap-Book (1894–8)

(p.154) 6 The Chap-Book (1894–8)
The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Giles Bergel

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the history of The Chap-Book — a magazine that was sometimes ambiguously positioned between a commercial mainstream and a more coterie publication of the bibelot variety. The Chap-Book's main legacy was in its design and reinvention of the eighteenth-century ‘chap-book’ form for modern audiences. Even here, however, its uncertain status between commerce and culture can be discerned in the commercial origins of its name (a ‘chapbook’ being a pamphlet sold by an early incarnation of the travelling salesman) and in its instant appeal to the book-collecting market.

Keywords:   American magazine, modernist magazine, modern audience, Chicago, book collecting

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