By David Dowling
In energetic and provocative writing, David Dowling strikes past a learn of the emotional toll that this quandary in self-definition had on writers to envision how 3 units of authors—in pairings of fellows and ladies: Harriet Wilson and Henry David Thoreau, Fanny Fern and Walt Whitman, and Rebecca Harding Davis and Herman Melville—engaged with and remodeled the publication industry. What have been their reviews of the capitalism that was once remodeling the realm round them? How did they reply to the altering industry that got here to outline their very luck as authors? How was once the function of girls stimulated via those conditions?
Capital Letters concludes with a desirable and bold transhistorical comparability of the way megastar authors—Herman Melville within the 19th century and Stephen King today—have negotiated the moving terrain of the literary industry. the result's a tremendous contribution to our realizing of print tradition and literary work.
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Capital Letters: Authorship in the Antebellum Literary Market by David Dowling