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U.S. Adult Participation in Literary Activities

(12-month period ending Aug. 2002)

 Percent of
of people
Read any book56.6%117
Read literature146.796
 Read a novel or short story45.193
 Read poetry12.125
 Read a play3.67
Listened to live or recorded  readings of novels  or books9.319
Read or listened to poetry14.330
 Read poetry12.125
 Listened to live or recorded
  readings of poetry
Did personal creative writing7.0%14
Took creative writing classes
 or lessons
 In past year1.02
Used Internet to learn about,  read, or discuss topics  related to literature9.219
1. “Literature” includes novels, short stories, plays, and poetry but not works of nonfiction.
Source: National Endowment for the Arts, Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, June 2004.

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