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

Criticism: The French Literary Marketplace

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Barbier, Frédéric. “The Publishing Industry and Printed Output in Nineteenth-Century France.” In Books and Society in History, edited by Kenneth Carpenter, pp. 199-230. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1983.

[In the following essay, Barbier explains the growth and evolution of the publishing industry in nineteenth-century France, focusing on changes in marketing and demographics.]

In recent years, French as well as foreign scholars1 have cast light on the profound changes in the economics of publishing that occurred in the nineteenth century. Nearly four centuries after the Gutenberg revolution, there took place what can be called the “second...

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