The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel: From Richardson to George Eliot / Edition 1

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The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel brings together two traditionally antagonistic fields, book history and narrative theory, to challenge established theories of "the rise of the novel." Covering British novelists from Richardson to George Eliot, this study asks why the epistolary novel disappeared, how the book review emerged, and how editors' reproduction of old texts has shaped authors' production of new ones.
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"Where other studies have examined the history of the novel in relation to romance, to the rise of the novel or to emergent forms of subjectivity...Leah Price looks at novels in relation to the history of the book, and to the proliferation of anthologies in particular. It is a refreshing change...Her book is rich in insights." London Review of Books

"Fascinating and intricate..." Victorians Institute Journal

"Dazzlingly inventive." Review of English Studies

"Price...brings together book history and narrative theory in subtle ways to reach sometimes surprisingly original and engaging conclusions about the effects anthologizers, abridgers, and republishers have had on the production and form of naratives, particularly women's fiction....The book is unusually well informed by contemporaneous as well as contemporary reviews and criticism. Equally refreshing is the thoughtfulness and frequent wry duality of Price's observations....Essential for any self-respecting academic library..." Choice

"Groundbreaking...utterly brillliant...material history at its best." Wordsworth Circle

"Leah Price's insightful and wide-range study of the close and complex relationships between the anthology and the rise of the novel is essentially a study of quotation in and quotation of the novel....One of the many strengths of this ambitious book is that Price demonstrates how the practice of anthologising depends on several paradoxes of exclusion and inclusion, both social and literary....Price charts a significant shift in attitudes regarding the ways of reading and writing embodied in anthologies....Both the sweep of her argument and the quality of her particular readings make this a very important book about books and their readers." SHARP News

"Richly researched, wonderfully provocative book." Nineteenth-Century Literature

"Meticulous, thoughtful, and original." Eighteenth Century Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521539395
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Leah Price is Professor of English at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Richardson's economies of scale 13
Writing against the moment 15
Meaning and gaping 27
"Copy in other Hands" 35
The invisible hand 42
Postscript: Scott and the literary-historical novel 48
2 Cultures of the commonplace 67
Knox's scissor-doings 70
Bowdler's private public 77
Radcliffe's uncommon readers 90
Coda: Ferrier's second-hand sentiments 99
3 George Eliot and the production of consumers 105
Reading against the plot 107
Women of maxims 119
"Outside sayings and doings" 128
The ethics of the review 137
Conclusion: "The business of the novel" 149
Notes 157
Bibliography 198
Index 219
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