Authorship in the Long Eighteenth Century by Dustin Griffin

By Dustin Griffin

This ebook offers with altering stipulations and conceptions of authorship within the lengthy eighteenth century, a interval usually stated to have witnessed the beginning of the fashionable writer. It focuses no longer on authorial self-presentation or self-revelation yet on an author’s interactions with booksellers, collaborators, competitors, correspondents, buyers, and audiences. hard older debts of the advance of authorship within the interval in addition to more recent claims in regards to the “public sphere” and the “professional writer,” it engages with fresh paintings on print tradition and the historical past of the e-book. Methodologically eclectic, it strikes from shut readings to strategic contextualization.

The ebook is equipped either chronologically and topically. Early chapters take care of writers – particularly Milton and Dryden – at the start of the lengthy eighteenth century, and later chapters concentration extra on writers -- between them Johnson, grey, and Gibbon -- towards its finish. having a look past the normal canon, it considers a few little-known or little-studied writers, together with Richard Bentley, Thomas Birch, William Oldys, James Ralph, and Thomas Ruddiman. a few of the essays are equipped round a unmarried author, yet such a lot take care of a vast subject – literary collaboration, literary careers, the republic of letters, the alleged upward thrust of the “professional writer,” and the fairly diverse determine of the “author through profession.”

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