Author: Elisabetta Zonca
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|argument:||Popular Catholics Libraries|
|series:||Studi di Storia del cristianesimo e delle chiese cristiane|
The flowering of popular libraries in Italy in the nineteenth century is quite varied: in addition to the libraries created to meet the need for leisure or study of specific categories of people, there are libraries open confessional groups or individual Catholics, which they saw in one of the ways to combat the spread of "bad books".
The route of this book starts with the search of the origins of the popular libraries after national unification, continue with the reconstruction of the decisive commitment of Catholic liberals to oppose Masons and also through the opening of libraries with "useful books and honest".
The focus is then on Lombardy, to which is supplied a census of the Catholic libraries since 1860. Just in Lombardy was born the Italian Federation of Catholic libraries, who worked in a new and effective functioning of their through the "Bulletin of the Catholic libraries", then "Journal of readings". Studying this magazine you can delve into the history of the Federation and its work, but also the model of the library pursued, both in bibliographic and in technical management. A final chapter reconstructs the literary activity of Don Giovanni Casati, through the pages of the "Journal of readings", carries out his priestly mission through the exercise of literary criticism.