reading, novel, home economics department
Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
It is interesting to note the change which has taken place in the public attitude toward the novel during the period of our own national history. Condemned during colonial days as wicked, sneered at as a waste of time during the Victorian period, tolerated later as a legitimate means of recreation, the novel is now considered as one of the most worthwhile forms of literature. It has a definite recreational value, but it also offers a medium for a better comprehension of human nature, a wider knowledge of racial customs and characteristics and a broader understanding of the background of history.
Lewis, Leora J. and Dolve, Mary A., "Reading in the Home: The Novel - Second Year" (1931). SDSU Extension Circulars. 310.