What Lies Back of the Contract

Michael J. Everton

in The Grand Chorus of Complaint

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751785
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896936 | DOI:
What Lies Back of the Contract

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The Epilogue reads Gail Hamilton's A Battle of the Books (1870) in light of the ethical issues raised before the Civil War and against the backdrop of the changes it would go through after the war. Despite her skepticism of trade morality, Hamilton did not argue that authors were better off without the trade. The publisher was too much a part of the living world of the author, too essential to the business of authorship. Perhaps the author simply needed to be more like Fern's Ruth: capable of understanding the transactions of the counting room if she was to expect anything like fairness.

Keywords: Gail Hamilton; Ticknor and Fields; authorship; Sophia Hawthorne; publishing; James T Fields; economics; ethics; A Battle of the Books; gender

Chapter.  6599 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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