Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America explores how a variety of print media - religious tracts, newsletters, cartoons, pamphlets, self-help books, mass-market paperbacks, and editions of the Bible from the King James Version to contemporary Bible-zines - have shaped and been shaped by experiences of faith since the Civil War. Edited by Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer, whose comprehensive historical essays provide a broad overview to the topic, this book is the first on the history of religious print culture in modern America and a well-timed entry into the increasingly prominent contemporary debate over the role of religion in American public life.
Charles L. Cohen is professor of history and religious studies and director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is the author of God's Caress: The Psychology of Puritan Religious Experience. Paul S. Boyer is Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus and former director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His many books include Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age, also available from the University of Wisconsin Press.