The Professional Literary Agent in Britain, 1880-1920

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University of Toronto Press, 1. 1. 2007 - Počet stran: 247

Breaking new ground in the study of British literary culture during an important, transitional period, this new work by Mary Ann Gillies focuses on the professional literary agent whose emergence in Britain around 1880 coincided with, and accelerated, the transformation of both publishing and authorship.

Like other recent studies in book and print culture, The Professional Literary Agent in Britain, 1880-1920 starts from the central premise that the business of authorship is inextricably linked with the aesthetics of literary praxis. Rather than provide a broad overview of the period, however, Gillies focuses on a specific figure, the professional literary agent. She then traces the influence of two prominent agents - A. P. Watt (generally acknowledged as the first professional literary agent) and J. B. Pinker (the leading figure in the second wave of agents) - focusing on their respective relationships with two key clients. The case studies not only provide insight into the business dynamics of the literary world at this time, but also illustrate the shifting definition of literature itself during the period.


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Strana 4 - ... was the mechanical state into which authorship was come, and the recklessness * Four pounds. with which authors would undertake works. The last thing they dreamt of was a conformity to Horace's rule of first calculating their own strength, and avoiding a load which their shoulders refused to bear. A middleman between the publisher and the author, like a regrater between the hop-grower and the hop-merchant or the brewer, a verlager, they called him, would come round to make bargains, buying up...

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Mary Ann Gillies is an associate professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University.

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