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Literary Dollars and Social Sense: A People's History of the Mass Market Book
In early nineteenth-century America, the production and commercial distribution of reading matter came face-to-face with social literary practices. As mass readerships emerged, so did a mass authorship grasping after newly available literary dollars. Yet they did not immediately embrace market values. Instead, writers - even heavily promoted literary celebrities -- struggl ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Routledge
(first published February 25th 2005)
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This is an excellent and interesting guide to popular publishing in antebellum America, and could teach us a great deal about the current rise in self-publishing, fan fiction, and amateur authorship. It investigates the conditions that made some amateur authors successful and contrasts the failure of others, using the case-histories of three or four now-unsung writers from different backgrounds in order to investigate these early niche markets (African American writers, clergymen, local history, ...more