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Writers, readers, and reputations : literary life in Britain, 1870-1918 / Philip Waller.

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Subject: English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
English literature > 20th century > History and criticism.
Books and reading > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
Books and reading > Great Britain > History > 20th century.
Literature and society > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
Literature and society > Great Britain > History > 20th century.
Littérature anglaise > 19e siècle > Histoire et critique.
Littérature anglaise > 20e siècle > Histoire et critique.
Livres et lecture > Grande-Bretagne > Histoire > 19e siècle.
Livres et lecture > Grande-Bretagne > Histoire > 20e siècle.
Littérature et société > Grande-Bretagne > Histoire > 19e siècle.
Littérature et société > Grande-Bretagne > Histoire > 20e siècle.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780191518690
  • ISBN: 0191518697
  • ISBN: 1280800003
  • ISBN: 9781280800009
  • ISBN: 9786610800001
  • ISBN: 6610800006
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 1181 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2006.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 1047-1075) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: I. THE READING WORLD. Back to the future: authors at the movies -- Consenting and dissenting bibliophiles in public and private -- Literary advice and advisers -- Reviews and reviewers -- The great tradition -- The commemoration movement -- English literature's foreign relations; or E dunno ou il est!. II. WRITERS AND THE PUBLIC: the price of fame. Product advertising and self-advertising -- The star turn -- Playing the press: entry and exposure -- Securing the future -- Titles and laurels -- Social prestige and clubbability -- The artistocratic round and salon circle -- Looking and acting the part -- Lecture tours -- Literary properties and agencies. III. BEST SELLERS. Market conditions -- In cupid's chains: Charles Garvice -- Hymns and heroines: Florence Barclay -- The epic ego: Hall Caine -- The demonic dreamer: Marie Corelli -- Authors at play: Nat Gould leads the field. IV. WRITERS AND THE PUBLIC: PENMEN AS PUNDITS. The campaign trail -- Public service and party politics -- Pens at war -- Pricking censorship -- Theology versus sociology and psychology.
Summary: Charles Dickens died in 1870, the same year in which universal elementary education was introduced. During the following generation a mass reading public emerged, and the term 'best-seller' was coined. In new and cheap editions Dickens's stories sold hugely, but these were progressively outstripped in quantity by the likes of Hall Caine and Marie Corelli, Charles Garvice and Nat Gould. Who has now heard of these writers? Yet Hall Caine, for one, boasted of having made more money from his pen than any previous author. This book presents a panoramic view of literary life in Britain over half a century from 1870 to 1914, teasing out authors' relations with the reading public and tracing how reputations were made and unmade. It surveys readers' habits, the book trade, popular literary magazines and the role of reviewers, and examines the construction of a classical canon by critics concerned about the supposed corruption of popular taste. Certain writers were elevated as national heroes, yet Britain drew its writers from abroad as well as from home. Authors became stars and celebrities, and a literary tourism grew around their haunts.; They advertised products from cigarettes to toothpaste; they were fashion-conscious and promoted themselves via profiles, interviews, and carefully posed photographs; they went on lecture tours to America; and their names were pushed by a new professional breed: the literary agent. Some angled for knighthoods, even peerages, and cut a figure in high society and London clubland. The debated public issues of the day and campaigned on all manner of things from questions of faith and women's rights to censorship and conscription. During the Great War they penned propaganda. Meanwhile the cinema was developing to challenge the supremacy of the written word over the imagination. Authors took to that too, as an opportunity for new adventure. Writers, Readers, and Reputations is richly entertaining and informative, amounting to a collective biography of a generation of writers and their world.
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Note: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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