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The Profession of Authorship in America, 1800-1870

The Social Foundations of Aesthetic Forms S.

By (author) William Charvat
Foreword by Michael T. Gilmore
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York, United States
Published: 1st May 1992
Dimensions: w 158mm h 236mm d 27mm
Weight: 452g
ISBN-10: 0231070764
ISBN-13: 9780231070768
Barcode No: 9780231070768
This study focuses on the complex relations between author, publisher and contemporary reading public in 19th-century America; in particular, the emergence of Irving and Cooper as America's first successful literary entrepreneurs, how Poe's and Melville's successes and failures affected their writing, the popularization of poetry in the 1830s and 1840s, the role of the literary magazine in the 1840s and 1850s, and the beginnings of book promotion. It pays particular attention to the way social and economic forces helped to shape literary works.

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