Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius

Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius

by Jack Stillinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195068610

ISBN-13: 9780195068610

Pub. Date: 08/28/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is a study of the collaborative creation behind literary works that are usually considered to be written by a single author. Although most theories of interpretation and editing depend on a concept of single authorship, many works are actually developed by more than one author. Stillinger examines case histories from Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Mill, and T.S

Overview

This is a study of the collaborative creation behind literary works that are usually considered to be written by a single author. Although most theories of interpretation and editing depend on a concept of single authorship, many works are actually developed by more than one author. Stillinger examines case histories from Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Mill, and T.S. Eliot, as well as from American fiction, plays, and films, demonstrating that multiple authorship is a widespread phenomenon. He shows that the reality of how an author produces a work is often more complex than is expressed in the romantic notion of the author as solitary genius. The cumulative evidence revealed in this engaging study indicates that collaboration deserves to be included in any account of authorial achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195068610
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1991
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

1What Is an Author?3
2Keats and His Helpers: The Multiple Authorship of Isabella25
3Who Wrote J. S. Mill's Autobiography?50
4Multiple "Consciousnesses" in Wordsworth's Prelude69
5Creative Plagiarism: The Case of Coleridge96
6Pound's Waste Land121
7American Novels: Authors, Agents, Editors, Publishers139
8Plays and Films: Authors, Auteurs, Autres163
9Implications for Theory182
AppendixMultiple Authorship from Homer to Ann Beattie203
Notes215
Index245

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