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Editing Naturalism

Kevin J. Hayes

in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195368932
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195368932.013.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Editing Naturalism

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This article focuses on the editing of American naturalist texts. The era of American literary naturalism was a time when authors were willing to write what publishers were unwilling to publish: a situation scarcely conducive to goodwill between them. The literary adviser took on a crucial role in the production of naturalistic texts because he became the person who smoothed the rough edges from the gritty originals to make them palatable to a popular readership. Generally, authors disliked the way advisers tinkered with their texts. The story of how American literary naturalism has been edited is a two-part story, the first part telling how diligent, sometimes overzealous literary advisers pruned away some of the boldest and most innovative aspects of their authors' work and cast them into the fire; the second part relating the efforts of modern textual scholars to rescue those prunings from the flames.

Keywords: American naturalist texts; literary naturalism; fiction; editing; literary advisers

Article.  7330 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers)

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