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Literary Agents in the Transatlantic Book Trade: American Fiction, French Rights, and the Hoffman Agency

Literary Agents in the Transatlantic Book Trade: American Fiction, French Rights, and the Hoffman Agency

Cécile Cottenet
March 17, 2017

By way of a case study of one of the oldest French book agencies, Agence Hoffman, this book analyzes the role played by French literary agents in the importation of US fiction and literature into France in the years following World War II. It sheds light on the material conditions of the...

Robert Seymour and Nineteenth Century Print Culture: Sketches by Seymour and Comic Illustration

Robert Seymour and Nineteenth Century Print Culture: Sketches by Seymour and Comic Illustration

Brian Maidment
December 28, 2016

Robert Seymour’s Sketches by Seymour was one of the nineteenth century’s most enduring and widely reprinted books. Each new edition added fresh layers of text, textual annotation, and paratextual elements, with the result that Sketches offers an exemplary account of the dynamics of Victorian...

Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture

Modernist Experiments in Genre, Media, and Transatlantic Print Culture

Jennifer Julia Sorensen
December 12, 2016

The years from 1890 through 1935 witnessed an explosion of print, both in terms of the variety of venues for publication and in the vast circulation figures and the quantity of print forums. Arguing that the formal strategies of modernist texts can only be fully understood in the context of the...

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market: A Publishing History

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market: A Publishing History

Maura Ives
November 28, 2016

As the lead poem in Christina Rossetti's first collection, Goblin Market and Other Poems, "Goblin Market" stands both historically and literally as the gateway to Rossetti's works. Despite its importance in the Rossetti canon, the publishing history of Rossetti's famous poem remains incomplete....

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pictorial Text: A Case Study in the Victorian Illustrated Novel

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pictorial Text: A Case Study in the Victorian Illustrated Novel

Richard J. Hill
November 21, 2016

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pictorial Text explores the genesis, production and the critical appreciation of the illustrations to the fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson is one of the most copied and interpreted authors of the late nineteenth century, especially his novels Treasure...

James Joyce's 'Work in Progress': Pre-Book Publications of Finnegans Wake Fragments

James Joyce's 'Work in Progress': Pre-Book Publications of Finnegans Wake Fragments

Dirk Van Hulle
May 18, 2016

The text of Finnegans Wake is not as monolithic as it might seem. It grew out of a set of short vignettes, sections and fragments. Several of these sections, which James Joyce confidently claimed would "fuse of themselves", are still recognizable in the text of Finnegans Wake. And while they are...

The Rise of the Modernist Bookshop: Books and the Commerce of Culture in the Twentieth Century

The Rise of the Modernist Bookshop: Books and the Commerce of Culture in the Twentieth Century

Huw Osborne
July 28, 2015

The trade in books has always been and remains an ambiguous commercial activity, associated as it is with literature and the exchange of ideas. This collection is concerned with the cultural and economic roles of independent bookstores, and it considers how eight shops founded during the modernist...

Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend: A Publishing History

Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend: A Publishing History

Sean Grass
February 21, 2014

Even within the context of Charles Dickens's history as a publishing innovator, Our Mutual Friend is notable for what it reveals about Dickens as an author and about Victorian publishing. Marking Dickens's return to the monthly number format after nearly a decade of writing fiction designed for...

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