Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace: Writers and Mentors in Nineteenth-Century America

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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.

These literary companions range from Emerson's promotion of Thoreau -- a relationship fraught with ...

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Overview

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.

These literary companions range from Emerson's promotion of Thoreau -- a relationship fraught with pitfalls and misjudgments -- to "Davis, Inc.," the seamless joining of the literary and legal minds of Rebecca Harding Davis and her husband, L. Clarke Davis.

Dowling also considers and analyzes the teams of Washington Irving and his publisher, John Murray; Herman Melville and his editor, Evert Duyckinck; E. D. E. N. Southworth and Robert Bonner, the publisher who serialized her sentimental novels; Fanny Fern both with her brother/publisher, Nathaniel Parker Willis, and with Robert Bonner, the latter a more successful pairing; and the famous fraternal relationship between Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein.

Throughout, Dowling demonstrates the intrinsic irony of authors projecting their labors of the mind as autonomous even as they relied heavily on their "literary partners" to aid them in navigating the business side of writing.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807138472
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/16/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,040,863
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Care and Commerce in Antebellum Publishing 1

Part l Author-Publisher Struggles

1 "The Romance of Trade"Washington Irving, John Murray, and Genteel Capitalism 17

2 "dear duyckinck" The Business of Melville's Longest Literary Friendship 37

Part 2 Married Interests

3 Davis, Inc Rebecca Harding and L. Clarke Davis's Reform Magnum Opus 63

4 Capital Bonds The Compassionate Partnership of E. D. E. N. Southworth and Robert Bonner 89

Part 3 Literary Partner as Parent and Kin

5 Our Wayward Son Emerson and Fuller's Tutelage of Henry David Thoreau 115

6 Sibling Strife Fanny Fern's Search for a Literary Brother 140

Conclusion "Just Like Brothers" Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein 167

Notes 189

Bibliography 221

Index 233

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