(HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar

(HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar
16 April 2018, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Andrew Nash (IES/SAS, University of London)

‘Authors and the value of serial publication at the end of the nineteenth century’

This paper will discuss the market for serial fiction in newspapers and periodicals in the late nineteenth century in the context of the economics of authorship. The expansion of the serial market in 1870s and 1880s coincided with the emergence of the professional literary agent, and, in 1883, the founding of the Society of Authors. By assessing the careers of a representative sample of writers, this paper will discuss the value of the serial market to authors of the period, and sketch out some of the contractual arrangements under which they worked. 
Andrew Nash is Reader in Book History and Deputy Director of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. 


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