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American Primers and Readers

Featuring the Words and Collection of Richard L. Venezky

An online exhibition of the Cubberley Education Library, Stanford University

Lewis B. Monroe

Overview of Lewis B. Monroe exhibit case
Detail of left side of exhibit case Physical and Vocal Training poster

"The Monroe Readers mark the last gasp for reading instruction built around oral reading and elocutionary principles, and--with their accompanying teacher guide--the last step in the development of the scripted lesson plan. Monroe also represents the demise of the author-initiated reading series. Other authors would set out on their own to develop reading programs, but by the 1870s the dominant development technique was through publisher-initiated projects." (Venezky, 1990a, p. 24)

Detail of right side of exhibit case
Monroe's Reader pp. 16-17 Detail from Monroe's Reader: sounds of m, n, and short a, with picture of a man
Cover of Monroe's New Fourth Reader

Monroe, Lewis B. [1884-5?]. Monroe's new fourth reader. Philadelphia: Cowperthwait & Co.

Detail of "Standing Position - Front View" from Monroe's Reader
Detail of Standing Position, side view, with 14 points of instruction, from Monroe's Reader Monroe's Vocal Training pp. 14-15
Detail of cover of Monroe's Fifth Reader

Monroe, Lewis B. [1884-85?]. Monroe's new fifth reader. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co.

Detail of title page of "Practical Elocution" lesson, Monroe's Sixth Reader

Monroe, Lewis B. [1871-73?]. The sixth reader. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co.

Detail of cover of Monroe's Practical Speller

Monroe, Lewis B. 1875. The practical speller. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co.


Detail of cover of Monroe's New Fifth Reader

Monroe, Lewis B. [1871-73?]. The fifth reader. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co.

Detail of "fox" lesson from Monroe's New Primer

Monroe, Lewis B. [1884-5?]. Monroe's new primer. Philadelphia : Cowperthwait & Co.