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Authors Inc. : Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States, 1880-1980 - Loren Glass

Authors Inc.

Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States, 1880-1980

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780814731598
Number Of Pages: 243

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A richly rewarding, insightful, and engaging study. --American Literary Realism "Glass provides a novel, nuanced, and sound critical perspectives on the productive interaction of seemingly opposite forces: modernism and the mass market."--Choice "Glass offers insightful readings of such books as Stein'sEverybody's Autobiography(1937) and Hemingway'sDeath in the Afternoon(1932)." --The Journal of American History "A fascinating exploration of the relationship among modern authorial celebrity, the rise of the mass market, and the crisis of masculinity at the turn of the twentieth century. This crisply argued book unites sophisticated theoretical arguments about the changing shape of subjectivity in American culture with attentive literary readings and careful historical scholarship." --Janice Radway, Duke University "Provocatively and deftly tackles the question of literary celebrity in modern America. A smart and combelling book that has broken through the silence on literary celebrity, and it will serve as the foundation for other inquiries into this complex phenomenon." --The Hemingway ReviewThe first comprehensive and systematic study of literary celebrity in the twentieth-century United States,Authors Inc.focuses on the autobiographical work of Mark Twain, Jack London, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Norman Mailer. Through these classic American authors, Loren Glass reveals the degree to which literary modernism in the United States is inseparable from the mass cultural forces it opposed. Chronicling the emergence of literary celebrity in the late nineteenth century up through its contemporary manifestations, Glass focuses on how individual authors themselves struggled with the conditions of mass cultural renown. Furthermore, by emphasizing the complex relation between masculinity and modernist authorship in the United States, the book provides a bracing new account of the psychosexual economy of the American profession of authorship. By combining a socio-historical approach with a rhetorical analysis of the autobiographical work in which classic American writers attempted to intervene in the formation of their public personae,Authors Inc.offers a long overdue study of one of the most important, and neglected, aspects of modern American literature.

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"Glass offers insightful readings of such books as Stein's Everybody's Autobiography(1937) and Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon (1932)."

-The Journal of American History

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Authorial Personality in the American Field of Cultural Productionp. 1
Celebrity Theory and Authorial Autobiographyp. 2
Literary Property and the Right to Privacyp. 8
Modernism, Mass Culture, Masculinityp. 17
Modern Consciousness and Public Subjectivityp. 29
Pronouns, Patronyms, Publicityp. 31
(Re) Collecting the Pastp. 39
Third-Person Masculinep. 47
Trademark Twainp. 57
The Republic of Lettersp. 59
BeTwain Two Deathsp. 65
Incorporating the Authorp. 72
Legitimating Londonp. 83
Plagiarism, Primitivism, Publicityp. 86
Literary Value and Class Consciousnessp. 90
Literature and Legitimacyp. 102
Gertrude Stein's Moneyp. 115
The Gender of Geniusp. 119
Funny Moneyp. 122
The Death of Geniusp. 131
Being Ernestp. 139
The Author versus the Audience (Misogyny)p. 143
The Author versus Himself (Homophobia)p. 151
The Author versus the Biographers (Death)p. 158
The Author Reborn? (Androgyny)p. 168
The Norman Conquestp. 175
Declaration: First among Equalsp. 178
Engagement: The Third Manp. 183
Defeat: The Second Sexp. 187
Executing the Authorp. 194
Coda: Nothing Personalp. 197
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 233
About the Authorp. 243
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ISBN: 9780814731598
ISBN-10: 0814731597
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.14  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.49