ERIC Number: ED324633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Who Reads Literature? The Future of the United States as a Nation of Readers.
Zill, Nicholas; Winglee, Marianne
This book draws on extensive demographic information to present a portrait of the nation's reading habits. Research offers the following observations and facts: reading of serious contemporary literature is the pastime of a distinct minority; the proportion of Americans who read serious literature is between 7 and 12% and contemporary fiction, poetry, and drama attract those adults who have at least some college education and incomes of $25,000 and over. Following a foreword and an introduction, the book's four chapters are as follows: (1) Readers of Fiction, Poetry, and Drama: How Many and Who Are They? (2) What the Readers are Reading; (3) Factors That Affect Literary Participation; and (4) Expanding the Audience: What Can Be Done? Seventy notes are included. A technical appendix discusses statistical procedures used in the book, and presents three tables of data. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC. Research Div.