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The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing
 
 
Author
Michael J. Everton.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780199751785
Pages/Publication Date 240/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30721
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When Lord Byron toasted Napoleon for executing a bookseller, or when American satirist Fitz-Greene Halleck picketed his New York publisher for trying to starve him, each was taking part in a time-honored tradition of painting publishers as unregenerate capitalists. However apocryphal, such stories play on the longstanding feud between writers and publishers over how the book business ought to be conducted—the constant grumblings that newspaper publisher Horace Greeley wearily referred to as "the grand chorus of complaint." With studies of the fraught publication experiences of such authors as Thomas Paine, Hannah Adams, Herman Melville, Fanny Fern, and Gail Hamilton, English professor Michael Everton explores moral propriety in American literary culture, arguing that debates over the business of authorship and publishing in the United States were simultaneously debates over the ethics and character of capitalism.

"In this illuminating, impressively researched, and engagingly written book, Michael Everton examines the persistent rhetoric of complaint that antebellum American authors aimed at their publishers. Moving beyond the analysis of commercial practices, Everton imaginatively demonstrates that the business relationships between authors and publishers were fundamentally shaped by moral expectations."—Jeffrey D. Groves

 
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