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Distraction: Problems of Attention in Eighteenth-century Literature
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from Johns Hopkins Univ Pr (September 18, 2016)
9781421420127 | details & prices | 304 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.99 in. | List price $50.00
About: Early novel reading typically conjures images of rapt readers in quiet rooms, but commentators at the time described reading as a fraught activity, one occurring amidst a distracting cacophony that included sloshing chamber pots and wailing street vendors.