Victorian literary businesses : the management and practices of the British publishing industry / Marrisa Joseph.
- Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 
xv, 229 pages : color illustrations ; 15 cm
- Publishers and publishing -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Book industries and trade -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Book industries and trade -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
- This book explores the business practices of the British publishing industry from 1843-1900, discussing the role of creative businesses in society and the close relationship between culture and business in a historical context. Marrisa Joseph develops a strong cultural, social and historical discussion around the developments in copyright law, gender and literary culture from a management perspective; analysing how individuals formed professional associations and contract law to instigate new processes. Drawing on institutional theory and analysing primary and archival sources, this book traces how the practices of literary businesses developed, reproduced and later legitimised. By offering a close analysis of some of publishings most influential businesses, it provides an insight into the decision-making processes that shaped an industry and brings to the fore the 'institutional story surrounding literary business and their practices, many of which can still be seen today.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Institutional Routines and the Victorian Publishing Industry
Chapter 3: Authorship: Legitimation of a Literary Profession
Chapter 4: Commercialising on Copyrights: the Emergence of the Victorian Literay Agent
Chapter 5: Publishing Power Houses: Publishers and the Mass Marketplace
Chapter 6: The Macmillans: A Leviathan House
Chapter 7: Protecting the Future: Professional Associations and the Net Book Agreement
Chapter 8: Conclusion.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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