Friday, February 13, 2009

Trashy current fiction

Marianne Moore wrote in 1925:
In 1854, in a report made by the librarian of The Astor Library, New York City -- we read: "The young fry of today employ all the hours they are not in school, reading trashy current fiction such as Scott, Cooper, Dickens, Punch, and The Illustrated News."

The Dial 79 (September 1925) 264-66, reprinted in The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, ed. Patricia C. Willis (New York: Viking, 1986) 152.

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