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This publication bargains with altering stipulations and conceptions of authorship within the lengthy eighteenth century, a interval frequently acknowledged to have witnessed the start of the fashionable writer. It focuses now not on authorial self-presentation or self-revelation yet on an author’s interactions with booksellers, collaborators, opponents, correspondents, consumers, and audiences. tough older bills of the improvement of authorship within the interval in addition to more moderen claims concerning the “public sphere” and the “professional writer,” it engages with fresh paintings on print tradition and the heritage of the e-book. Methodologically eclectic, it strikes from shut readings to strategic contextualization.

The e-book is prepared either chronologically and topically. Early chapters take care of writers – significantly Milton and Dryden – first and foremost of the lengthy eighteenth century, and later chapters concentration extra on writers -- between them Johnson, grey, and Gibbon -- towards its finish. taking a look past the normal canon, it considers a couple of little-known or little-studied writers, together with Richard Bentley, Thomas Birch, William Oldys, James Ralph, and Thomas Ruddiman. a few of the essays are prepared round a unmarried author, yet so much take care of a large subject – literary collaboration, literary careers, the republic of letters, the alleged upward thrust of the “professional writer,” and the particularly various determine of the “author via profession.”

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