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Published: 18 February 2016

232 Pages | 6 halftones


ISBN: 9780190274023

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The Moral Economies of American Authorship

Reputation, Scandal, and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace

Susan M. Ryan

Oxford Studies in American Literary History

  • Investigates the moral authority of authorship in nineteenth-century America, focusing on the ways in which authorial character circulated as a kind of literary property
  • Surveys the circulation of authors' moral currency across a wide range of printed materials, including prefaces, dedications, and other paratexts as well as book reviews, advertisements, and editorials that appeared in the era's magazines and newspapers
  • Analyzes the construction and repair of particular authors' reputations (e.g., James Fenimore Cooper, Mary Prince, Elizabeth Keckley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and E.D.E.N. Southworth),