In Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace, David Dowling examines an often-overlooked aspect of the history of publishing—relationships, of both a business and a personal nature. The book focuses on several intriguing duos of the nineteenth century and explores the economics of literary partnerships between author/publisher, student/mentor, husband/wife, and parent/child.
Praise for Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace
“David Dowling’s Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace offers a fresh and illuminating perspective on a topic of ongoing interest: the different forms professional authorship took in the U.S. In providing careful, nuanced, and archivally-informed studies of six important American authors of the long nineteenth century, Dowling demonstrates the fundamentally social nature of what might otherwise be seen as economically-driven literary partnerships. Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace will itself be a supportive partner to scholars and students of print culture and American literary history.”—Hester Blum, author of The View from the Masthead: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives
“With this erudite, eloquent, and thoroughly compelling study, David Dowling cements his reputation as one of the leading scholars of American authorship as a social practice. By focusing on the affective, creative, and economic implications of literary partnerships, Dowling lays to rest once and for all the myth of the author as solitary genius. His wide range of examples and imaginative use of theoretical models ensures that we will never look at the literary landscape of nineteenth-century America quite the same way again.”—Leon Jackson, author of The Business of Letters: Authorial Economies in Antebellum America
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