Hired pens : professional writers in America's Golden Age of print / Ronald Weber.

Weber, Ronald, 1934-
Athens : Ohio University Press, c1997.
315 p. ; 24 cm.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Authorship -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History.
Authors and publishers -- United States -- History.
Literature publishing -- United States -- History.
Journalism -- United States -- History.
American literature.
Authors and publishers.
Authorship -- Economic aspects.
Literature publishing
United States
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Hired Pens tells the story of the class of full-time independent professional writers who emerged in America in the 1830s and '40s and flourished during the great age of print that began after the Civil War and continued into the 1960s. While most accounts of the writing life focus on high-culture artists, Hired Pens treats authors who pursued the shifting popular tastes of Grub Street. Likewise it treats a literary marketplace that includes not only novels and poetry but gift annuals, story papers, general-circulation magazines, dime novels, pulp and slick magazines, newspaper syndicates, and paperback originals.
Prologue. Clever authors of acceptable work : living by words on America's Grub street
ch. 1. Light artillery of the intellect : the emergence of the versatile magazinists
ch. 2. Cacoethes scribendi : women writers among the paying periodicals
ch. 3. Laying pipes : fiction factories at full throttle
ch. 4. That precious over-note : fictioneers among the pulps, slicks, and paperback originals
ch. 5. Sublime tramps : newspaper journalism and the dream of the writing life
ch. 6. Writing for the millions : newspaper syndicates expand the market
ch. 7. Sporting life : field, stream, and playing field as material
ch. 8. Facts of the matter : the vogue of biography, history, and current events
ch. 9. Brass tacks : how to succeed at the writing game
ch. 10. Gatekeepers : dominant editors in the glory days of magazines
Epilogue. Sweet deal : writing for hire in the new age.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-302) and index.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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