100 years on the Road

The Travelling Salesman in American Culture
Author(s): 
Spears, Timothy B.
ISBN: 
0300070667
Date published: 
January 1997
Paperback
Price: 
£11.95
Pages: 
320

Vividly illustrated, this lively book presents the first in-depth study of the travelling salesman, illuminating his role in American culture from 1830 to 1920. Drawing on letters, diaries and autobiographies, as well as on literary works, Spears examines the impact of the commercial traveller both on the national market economy and on American imagination.