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The Author, Art, and the Market by Martha Woodmansee
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May 28, 2009

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bookshelves: 2011, publishing, poetry, literature, history, culturalhistory, copyright, bookstudies
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While this book is primarily about how the concepts of high art and fine artists were developed during the 18th and 19th Century in Germany (and then exported to England), there's some interesting exploration of the popular novels of Germany at the beginning of the middle class. The book was worth the skimming and reading if only for the descriptions of the popular novels of the time (A Family Novel, Containing Various Seductions and Sea-Fights with Pirates) and the ongoing struggle between "real" writers who weren't being read and authority figures who worried that these popular entertainments were causing problems with the youth reading them.

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