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204 / epilogue in reading this representation of readership, we can note several things about the ways reading is supposed to work. Some readers will be dissenters who complain of boredom or of lack of identification; many of these readers will insist that they entered into the reading project in good faith, because they were told by a trusted adviser that this book would be good for them. Such responses necessitate the rallying of defenders who rail against the lowbrow tastes of the others and who find “value” in a book’s “difficulty.” But there are no voices that question reading per se; reading’s value has been secured. Even if you do not like Freedom, you might like another book; turning away from literature altogether is simply not an option. This presumption of reading’s essential value— aesthetic, emotional, social, material—is the enduring legacy of Mabie, the internalization of reading up. Appendix A: The Mabie Canon Most Frequently Mentioned Single Works Title Number of Mentions Vanity Fair 16 The Rise of Silas Lapham 14 Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker 13 Anna Karenina 12 The Bible 12 The Virginian 12 The Scarlet Letter 11 Adam Bede 10 David Copperfield 10 The Mill on the Floss 10 The Choir Invisible 9 The Marble Faun 9 Treasure Island 9 Uncle Tom’s Cabin 9 The Grandissimes 8 Henry Esmond 8 In Memoriam 8 Ivanhoe 8 Lady Baltimore 8 The Masquerader 8 Old Creole Days 8 ...


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