This is the blog for Sheffield Hallam University’s ‘Readerships and Literary Cultures 1900-1950 Special Collection’. We collect popular fiction published between 1900 and 1950, and aim to reflect the wide range of literary tastes during the period.
This blog is a place for the members of our reading group to share reviews of the books we read with each other and the readers of the blogosphere!
The collection consists of over 1200 novels, most in early editions, by 229 different authors. It is important to collect and research these novels because these are what the majority of people read. Many are forgotten now, but they were the best-sellers and lending library favourites of their day! These novels therefore have the potential to reveal an enormous amount about readerships, attitudes to reading, and cultural life. They are rarely preserved systematically elsewhere. University libraries have never collected this type of fiction, while public libraries disposed of such books once they fell out of fashion.
We’d love to hear your views on these books.