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Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius - Jack Stillinger

Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius

Hardcover Published: 19th May 1991
ISBN: 9780195068610
Number Of Pages: 272

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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.

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"It is refreshing...to see the case against 'genius' or authorial autonomy made in so straightforwardly empirical a fashion, with a good editor's characteristic fidelity to awkward particulars."--Times Literary Supplement "Makes a valuable contribution to ongoing debates on interpretation....Stillinger's book should open up fruitful lines of research and investigation."--Studies in the Novel "Jack Stillinger has written a remarkable book. It ought to have a wrenching effect on literary criticism and its practitioners."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology "It is the major achievement of Stillinger's book to detail the facts of multiple authorship that we have been either too blind to see or too prisoned in our romantic myth of authorship to acknowledge....A clear theory of multiplicity relies upon such scholarly identification of authors and versions as Stillinger himself has so brilliantly exemplified."--Wordsworth Circle "Authoritative scholarly study - balanced, readable, knowledgeable, skillfully argued, and soundly documented."--Studies in Romanticism "It is refreshing...to see the case against 'genius' or authorial autonomy made in so straightforwardly empirical a fashion, with a good editor's characteristic fidelity to awkward particulars."--Times Literary Supplement "Makes a valuable contribution to ongoing debates on interpretation....Stillinger's book should open up fruitful lines of research and investigation."--Studies in the Novel "Jack Stillinger has written a remarkable book. It ought to have a wrenching effect on literary criticism and its practitioners."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology "It is the major achievement of Stillinger's book to detail the facts of multiple authorship that we have been either too blind to see or too prisoned in our romantic myth of authorship to acknowledge....A clear theory of multiplicity relies upon such scholarly identification of authors and versions as Stillinger himself has so brilliantly exemplified."--Wordsworth Circle "Authoritative scholarly study - balanced, readable, knowledgeable, skillfully argued, and soundly documented."--Studies in Romanticism

What Is an Author?p. 3
Keats and His Helpers: The Multiple Authorship of Isabellap. 25
Who Wrote J. S. Mill's Autobiography?p. 50
Multiple "Consciousnesses" in Wordsworth's Preludep. 69
Creative Plagiarism: The Case of Coleridgep. 96
Pound's Waste Landp. 121
American Novels: Authors, Agents, Editors, Publishersp. 139
Plays and Films: Authors, Auteurs, Autresp. 163
Implications for Theoryp. 182
Multiple Authorship from Homer to Ann Beattiep. 203
Notesp. 215
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780195068610
ISBN-10: 0195068610
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 19th May 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 14.68  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.45

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