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The Common Writer : Life in Nineteenth-Century Grub Street - Nigel Cross

The Common Writer

Life in Nineteenth-Century Grub Street

Paperback Published: 8th August 1988
ISBN: 9780521357210
Number Of Pages: 272

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This book examines the conditions of authorship and the development of publishing and journalism during the nineteenth century. It provides a detailed account on the social, cultural, and economic factors that control literary activity, and determine literary success or failure. There are chapters on the place of women and working-class writers in a predominantly male, middle-class publishing industry; on literary clubs, societies, and feuds; on patronage, charity, and state support for writers; on literary journalists and the development of the bohemian character; on the facts that inspired the fictional world of Thackeray's Pendennis and Gissing's New Grub Street; and on the long-running debates on the status of writers and the state of literature. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, The Common Writer adds substantially to our understanding of nineteenth-century literary history and culture.

Introduction: the common writer
Literature and charity: the Royal literary fund from David Williams to Charles Dickens
From prisons to pensions: Grub Street and its institutions
Bohemia in Fleet Street
The labouring muse: working-class writers and middle-class culture
The female drudge: women novelists and their publishers
Gissing's new Grub Street, 1880-1900
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ISBN: 9780521357210
ISBN-10: 0521357217
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 8th August 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.4