Professor | English, Communications, and Media
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Donna Harrington-Lueker is a professor in the Department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. A former magazine writer and editor, her research interests include nineteenth-century print culture, women’s magazines of any period, and the radical or alternative press.
In addition to Books for Idle Hours, her academic work has appeared in the Keats-Shelley Journal, Journalism History, and Nineteenth Century Studies.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College in North Andover, M.A., and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has worked as a magazine editor in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco and freelanced from the Providence, R.I. area.
Summary: As an emerging middle class increasingly embraced summer leisure as a marker of social status in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, book publishers sought new market opportunities, authors discovered a growing readership, and more readers indulged in lighter fare.
Drawing on publishing records, book reviews, readers’ diaries, and popular novels of the period, Donna Harrington-Lueker explores the beginning of summer reading and the backlash against it.
Harrington-Lueker, Donna. Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading. Amherst, University of Massachusetts Press, 2019
McKillop Library Main Collection: Z1003.2 .H367 2019