Fiction and the American Literary Marketplace: The Role of Newspaper Syndicates in America, 1860-1900
Conventional literary history has virtually ignored the role of newspaper syndicates in publishing some of the most famous nineteenth-century writers. Henry James, Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain were among those who offered their early fiction to "Syndicates", firms that subsequently sold the work to newspapers across America for simultaneous, first-time publication. Charles Johanningsmeier shows how the economic practicalities of the syndicate system governed the consumption and interpretation of various literary texts. His study revises the conception of traditional literary history by examining the ordinary reader's response to some of the major writers of the nineteenth century.
Cambridge University Press
New York, New York
Johanningsmeier, Charles, " Fiction and the American Literary Marketplace: The Role of Newspaper Syndicates in America, 1860-1900" (1997). Faculty Books and Monographs. 40.