beatrice_otter: WWII soldier holding a mug with the caption "How about a nice cup of RESEARCH?" (Research)
beatrice_otter ([personal profile] beatrice_otter) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-02-20 09:21 am (UTC)

I read somewhere--don't remember where, I think I saw the original DW post from skygiants and went googling?--that the ASE had some unpredictable lasting effects. Like, there were a few books that had been flops, but got into the program, and became bestsellers because of it. And there were a whole lot of GIs who got into the habit of reading and never got out of it, boosting the numbers of readers in the general public. But the other thing it did was it really smashed several of the classist walls in publishing. Not all of them, of course, but enough to really make the book landscape different forever after. Instead of an ironclad "these books are highbrow" and "these books are lowbrow," and upper class people read highbrow books and lower class people read lowbrow books, it became more of a continuum without hard-and-fast edges. Because you had all classes in the Army in WWII, all reading the same books, with a variety of eruditeness.

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