British literature underwent profound changes in the period 1900-1940. What role did audiences and channels of book distribution play in this? In this wide-ranging collection, the influence of publishers, distributors, librarians and readers come to the foreground to open up new perspectives on literature and print culture. Rooted in original archival research, chapters include studies of the engagement of canonical writers and bestsellers with the literary marketplace; the influence of international and mobile audiences; publishing practices involving genre, promotion, and censorship; and the significance of spaces of reading including bookshops, circulating libraries and on-board passenger ships. Through a series of detailed case-studies that focus on under-explored aspects of distribution and readership, the contributors open up new perspectives on literature and the British book trade.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Library of the Written Word / Library of the Written Word - The Industrial World , #49|
|Edition description:||XII, 221 Pp. ed.|
|Product dimensions:||0.63(w) x 0.94(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Dr Nicola Wilson, PhD (2007), Warwick, is Lecturer in Book and Publishing Studies at the University of Reading. She has published widely on the early twentieth-century book trade. Her first book is Home in British Working-Class Fiction (Ashgate, 2015) and she is currently working on a British Academy project on The Book Society Ltd, 1929-60.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents1.Introduction: The book worldNicola WilsonAudiences2.British publishers and colonial editions Nicola Wilson3.A trade in desires: Emigration, A. C. Gunter and the Home Publishing Company Simon Frost 4.“Introductions by Eminent Writers”: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf in the Oxford World’s Classics Series Lise Jaillant Genre, Marketing, and Censorship5.Literary success and popular romantic fiction: Ethel M. Dell, a case study David Tanner 6.“The market is getting flooded with them”: Richard Aldington’s Death of a Hero and the War Books Boom Vincent Trott 7.Genre at the Hogarth Press Claire Battershill 8.Alec Craig, censorship and the literary marketplace: A bookman’s struggles Richard Espley Libraries and Reading Spaces9.The Boots Book-lovers’ Library: Domesticating the exotic and building provincial literary taste Sally Dugan 10.Readers and reading patterns: Oral history and the archiveNickianne Moody Postscript 11.Surveying the Trade: The Book World and its translocal reachSydney J. Shep