The Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace Criticism: The American Literary Marketplace - Essay

William Charvat (essay date 1959)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Charvat, William. “Author and Publisher.” In Literary Publishing in America, 1790-1850, pp. 38-60. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1959.

[In the following excerpt, Charvat explains the relationship between nineteenth-century American authors and the evolving publishing business.]

The first era of successful professional authorship in America began in the years 1819 to 1821 with the publication of Irving's Sketch Book and James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy. The twenty years that followed were notable for a tremendous expansion of the national economy. Except for minor recessions in the late twenties and in 1834 and 1837, which the...

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James J. Barnes (essay date 1974)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Barnes, James J. “The Depression of 1837-43 and Its Implications for the American Book Trade.” In Authors, Publishers, and Politicians: The Quest for an Anglo-American Copyright Agreement, 1815-1854, pp. 1-29. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1974.

[In the following excerpt, Barnes traces the devastating effects on American publishing of the 1837-43 depression, which brought about a long-lasting emphasis on producing literature as cheaply as possible.]

Perhaps nothing in the nineteenth century so influenced the American book trade as the depression of 1837-43. Established firms faltered but somehow carried on. New publishers sprang up only to...

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Charles Johanningsmeier (essay date 1997)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Johanningsmeier, Charles. “What Literary Syndicates Represented to Authors: Saviors, Dictators, or Something In-Between.” In Fiction and the American Literary Marketplace: The Role of Newspaper Syndicates, 1860-1900, pp. 99-125. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

[In the following excerpt, Johanningsmeier examines the relationship between late nineteenth-century authors and the literary syndicates, which often provided lesser-known authors with an opportunity to broaden their readership.]

A great many stories are published in the papers and sent out by these syndicates, but the competition of writers is so exceedingly great in...

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