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Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918

Philip Waller

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199541201
eISBN:
9780191717284
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Charles Dickens died in 1870, the same year in which universal elementary education was introduced. During the following generation a mass reading public emerged, and with it the term ‘best-seller’ ... More


Literary Properties and Agencies

Philip Waller

in Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199541201
eISBN:
9780191717284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.003.0017
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Copyright insecurities beset writers not only in regard to the U.S.A. but also in respect of unauthorised adaptations of their work for the stage in Britain, until these questions were addressed by ... More


Literary Agents and Double Duties: Or, Why an Author’s Success Is Out of Her Control

Clayton Childress

in Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691160382
eISBN:
9781400885275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160382.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter examines why Cornelia Nixon fired her literary agent after the success of her novel Now You See It. It first provides an overview of literary magazines, which provided a contact point ... More


Criminal Peripheries: The Globalization of Scandinavian Crime Fiction and Its Agents

Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

in Translating the Literatures of Small European Nations

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620528
eISBN:
9781789623864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620528.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In the twenty-first century, the extraordinary success of Scandinavian crime fiction in translation has challenged long-held assumptions about the hierarchy of nations, languages and genres in global ... More


Besant, Chatto, and Watt: An Income from Fiction in the 1890s

Simon Eliot

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Walter Besant was a very successful novelist in the late nineteenth century but his income never quite matched his popularity, which rose in the 1880s and slowly fell thereafter. He did not use the ... More


Decision Making, Taste, and Financial Commitment to Culture: Or, Why Counterpoint Press Accepted after Rejecting It

Clayton Childress

in Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691160382
eISBN:
9781400885275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160382.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter examines why Counterpoint Press eventually accepted the manuscript for Jarrettsville after initially rejecting it. As a precondition for representing Cornelia Nixon, Wendy Weil asked her ... More


An Agent at Work

Violaine Roussel

in Representing Talent: Hollywood Agents and the Making of Movies

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226486802
eISBN:
9780226487137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226487137.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

The book begins with a real-life story: that of the making of the acclaimed movie The Silence of the Lambs. This story is told from the point of view of Bob Bookman, the motion picture literary agent ... More


The Illustration of the Master: Henry James and the Magazine Revolution

Amy Tucker

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804768740
eISBN:
9780804776233
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804768740.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book examines the crucial role of the illustrated press in the formation of the reading public and the writing profession during Henry James's lifetime. It re-examines James's stories, ... More


Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel

Clayton Childress

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691160382
eISBN:
9781400885275
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160382.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This book follows the life trajectory of a single work of fiction from its initial inspiration to its reception by reviewers and readers. The subject is Jarrettsville, a historical novel by Cornelia ... More


Call of the Atlantic: Jack London's Publishing Odyssey Overseas, 1902–1916

Joseph McAleer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198747819
eISBN:
9780191810718
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747819.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History, American History: 20th Century

Jack London (1876–1916) wasn’t just lucky at what he called the “writing game”—he is, by many accounts, the most popular American author in the world today. Two novels, The Call of the Wild and White ... More


Introduction

Joseph McAleer

in Call of the Atlantic: Jack London's Publishing Odyssey Overseas, 1902–1916

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198747819
eISBN:
9780191810718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747819.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History, American History: 20th Century

By becoming a success in England, Jack London could ensure a gateway to the rest of the English-speaking world, and a vehicle for translations (pirated and not) in other countries. He understood the ... More


Nathalie Abroad, 1959–64

Ann Jefferson

in Nathalie Sarraute: A Life Between

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691197876
eISBN:
9780691201924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691197876.003.0022
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter describes the widespread foreign interest in Nathalie Sarraute's work after “The Planetarium” was published, including contracts for translation and invitations to give talks and ... More


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