By James L. W. West III
This ebook examines literary authorship within the 20th century and covers such themes as publishing, ebook distribution, the alternate editor, the literary agent, the journal marketplace, subsidiary rights, and the blockbuster mentality.
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Vith Lawrc~lceC. Wroth and Rollo G. Silver, The Book in America: A History of the Mnkiyq and Srllil~qof Rooh in the United States, zd ed. (Ne\v York: Ro\vker, rgjr), pp. 208-11; Henry Holt, "Competition," Atlantic Mor~th[$fi 102 (Oct. 1908): j 2 2 - 2 4 3. Gcorgc H. Putnan, (;cage P. Putnanz: A Memoir ( N a v York and London: I'utnam, I ~ I Z esp. ) , the early chapters dealing with Putnani's years on Parernostcr Row, 1841-47; J m e s T. Fields, Estrrdq~swith Authors (Roston: Osgood, 18:2), esp.
9 . ly R. : l>ukc University Press, 19i+),pp. ln'ls l'ress, 1982),cap. pp 5-8 40 1 American Authors and the Literarji Marketplace middle-class citizens in either region. The Far West, in particular, was not nearly well enough settled to support book publishers or bookshops until well into the nventieth century. As a result of these factors, an effective system of regional publishing or a t n ~ l yefficient network of book distribution has never been developed in America. The history of the publishing industry in the United States has been closely related to the conmercial devclopn~entof the entire nation.
Sha~v, ''Sixty Ycars in Busincss AS an Author," 7'heAuti~orI T (Summcr 1945); q ~ o t c d fro111 its a~p~dr311cc i l l Awzcrzcnri MEYCLIV 62 (Jan. 1946): 35. 'W~ncethese technological advances had become established, the challenge for the publisher became knowi~lgwhen to reprint a title and in what quantity. Every reprinting was also a reinvestment, a gamble; the possible losses were lower, but no publisher wanted t o be caught with too much back stock of a title, especially if the book were not a candidate for the backlist.
American Authors and the Literary Marketplace Since 1900 by James L. W. West III