Amy Thomas

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Duke University
19th Century American Literature, History of the Book

Office: Wilson 2-285
Phone: 406-994-4758

Office Hours: TBA

My research focuses on learning about what the world of literature meant to people living in nineteenth-century America.

Selected Recent Publications:

“Reading Acts: U.S. Readers’ Interactions with Literature, 1800-1950,” co-edited with Barbara Ryan, forthcoming Spring 2002, University of Tennessee Press.

“”There Is Nothing So Effective as a Personal Canvass’: Revaluing Nineteenth-Century American Subscription Books,” Book History 1 (1998): 140-155.

“Literature in Newsprint: Antebellum Family Newspapers and the Uses of Reading,” in “Reading Books: Essays on the Material Text and Literature in America,” edited by Michele Moylan and Lane Stiles (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1996), 101-116.


I am currently working on a collaborative project with Alison Scott, Warren Bibliographer of American History, Harvard University, on reconceptualizing Louisa May Alcott's writing and career in the context of her publishing history.


Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

American Antiquarian Society

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