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An American Bible [electronic resource] : a history of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880 /
Paul C. Gutjahr.
imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c1999.
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xv, 256 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0804734259 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c1999.
isbn
0804734259 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11733851
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-252) and index.
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"An American Bible is an extremely compelling piece of cultural history that succeeds in making rich rather than schematic sense of the major dramas that lay behind the production of over 1,700 different American editions of the Bible in the century after the American Revolution. Gutjahr's book is especially powerful in demonstrating how nineteenth-century efforts to purge the Bible of textual and translational impurities in search of an ‘authentic' text led ironically to the emergence of entirely new gospels like the Book of Mormon and the massive fictionalized literature dealing with the life of Christ." --Jay Fliegelman, Stanford University During the first three-quarters of the nineteenth century, American publishing experienced unprecedented, exponential growth. An emerging market economy, widespread religious revival, educational reforms, and innovations in print technology worked together to create a culture increasingly formed and framed by the power of print. At the center of this new culture was the Bible, the book that has been called "the best seller" in American publishing history. Yet it is important to realize that the Bible in America was not a simple, uniform entity. First printed in the United States during the American Revolution, the Bible underwent many revisions, translations, and changes in format as different editors and publishers appropriated it to meet a wide range of changing ideological and economic demands. This book examines how many different constituencies (both secular and religious) fought to keep the Bible the preeminent text in the United States as the country's print marketplace experienced explosive growth. The author shows how these heated battles had profound consequences for many American cultural practices and forms of printed material. By exploring how publishers, clergymen, politicians, educators, and lay persons met the threat that new printed material posed to the dominance of the Bible by changing both its form and its contents, the author reveals the causes and consequences of mutating God's supposedly immutable Word.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-09-01:
The decline of the Bible's prominent role in U.S. thought and culture is sometimes attributed to the influence of German biblical criticism on American scholars in the late 19th century. While Gutjahr (English and American studies, Indiana Univ.) doesn't deny the impact of such criticism, he finds "the roots of the Bible's deteriorating presence" earlierÄin the Bible's place in the United States's young publishing industry. The proliferation of Bible editions, packagings, and translations served to undermine the Bible's uniqueness, and the availability of Protestant and Catholic versions led to conflict over the use of the Bible in public schools. Furthermore, as the publishing industry grew, the Bible faced increasing competition for readers. Gutjahr provides a fascinating look into a neglected area of U.S. cultural history. Unlike some books that begin life as doctoral dissertations, this one is quite readable and engaging and should be in academic and public libraries.ÄCraig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"A fascinating journey through the history of the Bible in America, unprecedented in its scope, erudition, and imagination."Jon Butler, Yale University
"A fascinating journey through the history of the Bible in America, unprecedented in its scope, erudition, and imagination."--Jon Butler, Yale University
" An American Bible is a major achievement. . . . It is also an engrossing and readable book . . . rich in detail and color."-- Christianity and Literature
"An American Bibleis a major achievement. . . . It is also an engrossing and readable book . . . rich in detail and color."Christianity and Literature
"Gutjahr not only presents a fascinating and comprehensive picture of the Good Book's history, but brilliantly illumines the explosive world of 19th-century printing and marketing."-- New England Quarterly
"Gutjahr not only presents a fascinating and comprehensive picture of the Good Book's history, but brilliantly illumines the explosive world of 19th-century printing and marketing."New England Quarterly
"This pathbreaking study of the production of Bibles in the early history of the United States is a splendid effort in every way."Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College
"This pathbreaking study of the production of Bibles in the early history of the United States is a splendid effort in every way."--Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College
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"A fascinating journey through the history of the Bible in America, unprecedented in its scope, erudition, and imagination."Jon Butler, Yale University "This pathbreaking study of the production of Bibles in the early history of the United States is a splendid effort in every way."Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College
Back Cover Copy
"A fascinating journey through the history of the Bible in America, unprecedented in its scope, erudition, and imagination."--Jon Butler, Yale University "This pathbreaking study of the production of Bibles in the early history of the United States is a splendid effort in every way."--Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College
Bowker Data Service Summary
During the first three-quarters of the 19th century, American publishing experienced unprecedented growth. With this book, Paul Gutjahr examines the publishing history of the Bible in 19th century America.
Main Description
"An American Bibleis an extremely compelling piece of cultural history that succeeds in making rich rather than schematic sense of the major dramas that lay behind the production of over 1,700 different American editions of the Bible in the century after the American Revolution. Gutjahr's book is especially powerful in demonstrating how nineteenth-century efforts to purge the Bible of textual and translational impurities in search of an 'authentic' text led ironically to the emergence of entirely new gospels like theBook of Mormonand the massive fictionalized literature dealing with the life of Christ." Jay Fliegelman, Stanford University During the first three-quarters of the nineteenth century, American publishing experienced unprecedented, exponential growth. An emerging market economy, widespread religious revival, educational reforms, and innovations in print technology worked together to create a culture increasingly formed and framed by the power of print. At the center of this new culture was the Bible, the book that has been called "thebest seller" in American publishing history. Yet it is important to realize that the Bible in America was not a simple, uniform entity. First printed in the United States during the American Revolution, the Bible underwent many revisions, translations, and changes in format as different editors and publishers appropriated it to meet a wide range of changing ideological and economic demands. This book examines how many different constituencies (both secular and religious) fought to keep the Bible the preeminent text in the United States as the country's print marketplace experienced explosive growth. The author shows how these heated battles had profound consequences for many American cultural practices and forms of printed material. By exploring how publishers, clergymen, politicians, educators, and lay persons met the threat that new printed material posed to the dominance of the Bible by changing both its form and its contents, the author reveals the causes and consequences of mutating God's supposedly immutable Word.
Main Description
" An American Bible is an extremely compelling piece of cultural history that succeeds in making rich rather than schematic sense of the major dramas that lay behind the production of over 1,700 different American editions of the Bible in the century after the American Revolution. Gutjahr's book is especially powerful in demonstrating how nineteenth-century efforts to purge the Bible of textual and translational impurities in search of an ‘authentic' text led ironically to the emergence of entirely new gospels like the Book of Mormon and the massive fictionalized literature dealing with the life of Christ." --Jay Fliegelman, Stanford University During the first three-quarters of the nineteenth century, American publishing experienced unprecedented, exponential growth. An emerging market economy, widespread religious revival, educational reforms, and innovations in print technology worked together to create a culture increasingly formed and framed by the power of print. At the center of this new culture was the Bible, the book that has been called " the best seller" in American publishing history. Yet it is important to realize that the Bible in America was not a simple, uniform entity. First printed in the United States during the American Revolution, the Bible underwent many revisions, translations, and changes in format as different editors and publishers appropriated it to meet a wide range of changing ideological and economic demands. This book examines how many different constituencies (both secular and religious) fought to keep the Bible the preeminent text in the United States as the country's print marketplace experienced explosive growth. The author shows how these heated battles had profound consequences for many American cultural practices and forms of printed material. By exploring how publishers, clergymen, politicians, educators, and lay persons met the threat that new printed material posed to the dominance of the Bible by changing both its form and its contents, the author reveals the causes and consequences of mutating God's supposedly immutable Word.
Table of Contents
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Prefacep. 1
Productionp. 9
Packagingp. 39
Purityp. 89
Pedagogyp. 113
Popularityp. 143
Postscriptp. 175
An Overview of Bible Production in the United States, 1777-1880p. 181
American Bible Society (ABS) Production and Distribution, 1818-1880p. 187
Prices for the Cheapest Editions of American Bibles in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 189
Survey of Bible Bindings from the American Bible Society (1,238-edition sample)p. 191
New Translations of the English Bible in the United States, 1808-1880p. 193
Production of Catholic Bibles in English in the United States, 1790-1880p. 195
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 253
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