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

Robin Myers (essay date 1983)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Myers, Robin. “Writing for Booksellers in the Early Nineteenth Century: A Case Study.” In Author/Publisher Relations During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, edited by Robin Myers and Michael Harris, pp. 119-55. Oxford: Oxford Polytechnic Press, 1983.

[In the following essay, portions of which previously appeared in the British Library Journal, Myers describes the grim life of an early nineteenth-century journalist and literary hack, Joseph Timothy Haydn, who wrote for forty years and barely earned enough to support himself and his family.]

To become an author by profession is to have no other means of subsistence than such...

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Gaye Tuchman (essay date 1989)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Tuchman, Gaye. “Writers and the Victorian Publishing System.” In Edging Women Out: Victorian Novelists, Publishers, and Social Change, by Gaye Tuchman with Nina E. Fortin, pp. 22-44. Binghamton, N.Y.: Vail-Ballou Press, 1989.

[In the following excerpt, Tuchman explores the Victorian writer's dependence on publishers, some of whom were interested in appealing to the masses and earning short-term profits, and others who were devoted to the production of high-culture texts that would amass profits over a long period of time.]

To grasp the opportunities and obstacles that women novelists confronted, one must understand the position of all Victorian authors,...

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Lee Erickson (essay date 1996)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Erickson, Lee. “Traffic in the Heart: English Literature in the Publishing Market.” In The Economy of Literary Form: English Literature and the Industrialization of Publishing, 1800-1850, pp. 170-90. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.

[In the following excerpt, Erickson discusses the pressures of the marketplace on nineteenth-century authors, many of whom were forced to abandon their literary standards to meet the demands of their audiences.]

Just think what a horrible condition of life it is that any man of common vulgar wit, who knows English grammar, can get, for a couple of sheets of chatter in a magazine, two-thirds...

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