Pistols and Horsewhips

Richard Cronin

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Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582532
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722929 | DOI:
Pistols and Horsewhips

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The chapter identifies this as the period when literature finally established itself as a professional occupation rather than a gentlemanly vocation. Literary animosities were so violent in part because this was a pivotal moment in which it might still be felt that to write for money was to sacrifice any claim to gentlemanly status. This chapter investigates this as a period in which writers both investigated and exhibited class insecurities.

Keywords: Walter Scott; Hazlitt; magazines; New Monthly; Washington Irving; Peacock; Byron; class; professionalism

Chapter.  16608 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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