David Dowling's Capital Letters: Authorship in the Antebellum Literary PDF

By David Dowling

ISBN-10: 1587297841

ISBN-13: 9781587297847

In the 1840s and 1850s, because the industry revolution swept the us, the area of literature faced for the 1st time the gaudy glare of business tradition. Amid growing to be technological sophistication and growing to be creative rejection of the soullessness of materialism, authorship handed from an period of patronage and entered the clamoring unfastened marketplace. during this environment, romantic notions of what it intended to be an writer got here less than assault, and authors turned professionals.

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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