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The book opens with a survey of reading publics in Great Britain and the United States in the early years of the nineteenth century. Rowland then presents individual writers—including Wordsworth, Shelley, Hawthorne, Poe, and Emerson—and their relations to their readers. Finally, Rowland shows how the idea of genius was developed by writers as different as Coleridge, Blake, Whitman, and Dickinson and how that idea evolved as an antidote to the commercial literary marketplace of the nineteenth century.
A wide-ranging and provocative book, Literature and the Marketplace describes the relations between important British and American authors and the audiences and publishing industries of their era—relations that were troubled, uncertain, and remarkably productive of literature.
|Preface: Current Interest in Audience|
|Introduction: The Romantic Response to Mass Society||1|
|1||The Anglo-American Literary Profession in the Nineteenth Century||17|
|2||Wordsworth and the Difficulty of "Speaking to Men"||39|
|3||Religious Vocation and Blake's Obscurity||63|
|4||Private Poet, Public Man: Shelley and Romantic Self-Division||88|
|5||Romantic Conceptions of the Writer in Hawthorne and Poe||111|
|6||Emerson as a Cultural Spokesman||123|
|7||Melville as a Professional Writer||145|
|8||Romantic Genius and Literary Production in the Nineteenth Century||173|
|Conclusion: Romantic Letters to the World||187|