The Wide, Wide World in Transatlantic Culture

As a prolific transatlantic bestseller, The Wide, Wide World presents a rare opportunity to explore not only how transatlantic culture was shaped and transmitted via reprinting, but also how that process shifted thoughout the second half of the nineteenth century. These galleries select from the novels' illustrations and cover designs to consider depictions of landscape, common transatlantic iconography, the reprints' relationship to the tourism industry, and nationalist identity as exemplified by depictions of the novel's characters.


Jessica DeSpain, Jennifer Roberts