Hannah Adams and the Courtesies of Authorship

Michael J. Everton

in The Grand Chorus of Complaint

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751785
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896936 | DOI:
Hannah Adams and the Courtesies of Authorship

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Chapter 3 explores how authors argued among themselves about propriety and moral authority in the context of a little-known debate over the conduct of the trade. In 1804 the historian Hannah Adams became embroiled in a dispute with Jedidiah Morse, a minister and the author of a best-selling geography, over who had rights to the flourishing school textbook market. This quarrel is usually read as a battle over gender in authorship, which it was. It was also, though, a contest over authorial decorum, a contest that illustrates the ways in which morality could be an instrumental force in America's nascent print culture.

Keywords: Hannah Adams; Jedidiah Morse; authorship; republicanism; gender; publishing; Benjamin Edes; ethics

Chapter.  9853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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