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Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America
Edited by Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer

Print Culture History in Modern America
James P. Danky, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Christine Pawley, Series Editors

"A fascinating foray into the modern religious worlds made by the word."
—Peter J. Thuesen, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America explores how a variety of print media—religious tracts, newsletters, cartoons, pamphlets, self-help books, mass-market paperbacks, and editions of the Bible from the King James Version to contemporary "Bible-zines"—have shaped and been shaped by experiences of faith since the Civil War. Edited by Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer, whose comprehensive historical essays provide a broad overview to the topic, this book is the first on the history of religious print culture in modern America and a well-timed entry into the increasingly prominent contemporary debate over the role of religion in American public life.

Charles L. Cohen is professor of history and religious studies and director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic religions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of God's Caress: The Psychology of Puritan Religious Experience.

Paul Boyer
(1935–2012) was the Merle Curti Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A historian who was respected internationally, he was editor of the UW Press series, Studies in American Thought and Culture, and of an earlier series, History of American Thought and Culture. He was author and editor of many books on American culture, apocalyptic movements, and the reaction of Americans to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His books include Salem Possessed (with Stephen Nissenbaum), By the Bomb's Early Light, When Time Shall Be No More, and Fallout. He was editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to United States History, and was an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of American Historians, and the American Antiquarian Society.

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Of Related Interest:
Purity in Print
Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age

Paul S. Boyer

"The best literary, social, and ethical history of the U.S."—Choice

Cover image is dark brown with images of books about religion.

May 2008
LC: 2007040522 Z
392 pp.    6 x 9

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