The common writer : life in nineteenth-century Grub Street

Nigel Cross

This book examines the conditions of authorship and the development of publishing and journalism during the nineteenth century. It provides a detailed account on the social, cultural, and economic factors that control literary activity, and determine literary success or failure. There are chapters on the place of women and working-class writers in a predominantly male, middle-class publishing industry; on literary clubs, societies, and feuds; on patronage, charity, and state support for writers; on literary journalists and the development of the bohemian character; on the facts that inspired the fictional world of Thackeray's Pendennis and Gissing's New Grub Street; and on the long-running debates on the status of writers and the state of literature. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, The Common Writer adds substantially to our understanding of nineteenth-century literary history and culture.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: the common writer
  • 1. Literature and charity: the Royal literary fund from David Williams to Charles Dickens
  • 2. From prisons to pensions: Grub Street and its institutions
  • 3. Bohemia in Fleet Street
  • 4. The labouring muse: working-class writers and middle-class culture
  • 5. The female drudge: women novelists and their publishers
  • 6. Gissing's new Grub Street, 1880-1900
  • Notes
  • Index.

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書名 The common writer : life in nineteenth-century Grub Street
著作者等 Cross, Nigel
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1985
ページ数 vi, 265 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521357217
NCID BA00157061
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス

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