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Everyday Reading: Poetry and Popular Culture in Modern America

Mike Chasar


This book casts American poetry as an everyday phenomenon consumed and created by a vast range of readers and shows how American poetry in the first half of the twentieth century helped set the stage for the dynamics of popular culture and mass media today. The book draws on a diverse range of unconventional sources, including poetry scrapbooks, old-time radio show recordings, advertising verse, corporate archives and Hallmark greeting cards. It argues that poetry, in the first half of the twentieth century, was part and parcel of American popular culture, and that it spread rapidly at that ti ... More

Keywords: American poetry, old-time radio, Hallmark greeting cards, popular culture, scrapbooking, modernist poets, avant-garde poets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231158657
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231158657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Chasar, author
Willamette University