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‘Oh Lord what it is to publish a best seller’: The Woolfs' Professional Relationship with Vita Sackville-West

Stephen Barkway

in Leonard and Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748642274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651979 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642274.003.0010
‘Oh Lord what it is to publish a best seller’: The Woolfs' Professional Relationship with Vita Sackville-West

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This chapter analyses Vita Sackville-West's hugely unexplored business relationship with the Woolfs. It studies previously unpublished letters and the Woolfs' smart negotiations with Sackville-West, showing their investment in bestselling fiction, as well as their understanding of the commercial advantages of middlebrow institutions. The chapter also challenges the readings of the Hogarth Press, revealing that the Woolfs networked into and were knowledgeable about modern fields of book production and writing.

Keywords: Vita Sackville-West; business relationship; bestselling fiction; commercial advantages; middlebrow institutions; readings; book production; book writing

Chapter.  12481 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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