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Social Authorship and the Advent of Print

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Published in 1999 by the John Hopkins University Press. Includes extensive page notes, bibliography and index.

How did academic and literary writers living in rural Britain in the 1680s establish their careers and find audiences for their work? What factors influence the choices of essayists and dramatists who lived outside London and the university cities? Who read the works of regional poets and natural scientists and how were they circulated?
In this study of the development of literary industry and authorship in early modern Britain, Margaret Ezell examines the forces at work at a time when print technology was in competition with older manuscript authorship practices and the legal status of authors was being transformed. She also explores the literary concepts that subsequently developed out of new commercial practices, such as the rise of the "classic" text and the marketing of uniform series editions.
The interdisciplinary approach draws together the history of the book and cultural history. The result allows the reader a glimpse of literary life as practiced by "social" authors in the context of the development of commercial publishing and the formalisation of copyright laws defining texts and authors.
Ezell examines how early modern publishers went about choosing books to publish and why some groups of writers - "social" authors - were successful without relying on the growing publishing and book-selling industries. She concludes that, especially for writers living away from large cities, privately produced and circulated manuscripts remained the best means of transmitting literary or academic work and achieving recognition as an author.

Complete with unclipped dust jacket. In very good condition throughout. Small closed tear on rear of dust jacket, with slight fading on the spine. Clean, unannotated with a tight binding.

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Author(s):
Maragret J M Ezell
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23.25cm x 15.75cm
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
080186139X
ISBN-13:
9780801861390
Number of pages:
182
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Title:
Social Authorship and the Advent of Print

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Published in 1999 by the John Hopkins University Press. Includes extensive page notes, bibliography and index.

How did academic and literary writers living in rural Britain in the 1680s establish their careers and find audiences for their work? What factors influence the choices of essayists and dramatists who lived outside London and the university cities? Who read the works of regional poets and natural scientists and how were they circulated?
In this study of the development of literary industry and authorship in early modern Britain, Margaret Ezell examines the forces at work at a time when print technology was in competition with older manuscript authorship practices and the legal status of authors was being transformed. She also explores the literary concepts that subsequently developed out of new commercial practices, such as the rise of the "classic" text and the marketing of uniform series editions.
The interdisciplinary approach draws together the history of the book and cultural history. The result allows the reader a glimpse of literary life as practiced by "social" authors in the context of the development of commercial publishing and the formalisation of copyright laws defining texts and authors.
Ezell examines how early modern publishers went about choosing books to publish and why some groups of writers - "social" authors - were successful without relying on the growing publishing and book-selling industries. She concludes that, especially for writers living away from large cities, privately produced and circulated manuscripts remained the best means of transmitting literary or academic work and achieving recognition as an author.

Complete with unclipped dust jacket. In very good condition throughout. Small closed tear on rear of dust jacket, with slight fading on the spine. Clean, unannotated with a tight binding.

Author(s):
Maragret J M Ezell
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23.25cm x 15.75cm
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
080186139X
ISBN-13:
9780801861390
Number of pages:
182
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Title:
Social Authorship and the Advent of Print

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