House of Blackwood: Author-Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era

Finkelstein, David (2002) House of Blackwood: Author-Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA. ISBN 0271021799

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The Scottish publishing house of William Blackwoood & Sons, founded in 1804, was a major force in 19th- and early 20th-century British literary history, publishing a diverse group of important authors - including George Eliot, John Galt, Thomas de Quincey, Margaret Oliphant, Anthony Trollope, Joseph Conrad, and John Buchan, among others - in book form and in its monthly "Blackwood's Magazine". In this title, David Finkelstein exposes the successes and failures of this onetime publishing powerhouse. He provides a general history of the firm, attending to family dynamics over several generations, their moulding of a particular political and national culture, the shaping of a Blackwood audience, and the multiple causes for the firm's decline in the decades before World War I.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Contents: Setting the scene -- Finding success : Blackwood's, 1860-1879 -- Africa rewritten : the case of John Hanning Speke -- Reade revised : A woman hater and the women's medical movement -- Shifting ground : Blackwood's, 1880-1912 -- Creating house identities : nineteenth-century publishing memoirs and the Annals of a publishing house -- "A grocer's business" : William Blackwood III and the literary agents. Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-189) and index.
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 14:12
Last Modified: 30 May 2011 14:48


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