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Philip Waller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.001.0001

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Looking and Acting the Part

Looking and Acting the Part

(p.560) 15 Looking and Acting the Part
Writers, Readers, and Reputations

Philip Waller (Contributor Webpage)

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Image and representation mattered for the self-advertising writer; moreover, there was a popular expectation that writers, like artists, would flaunt unconventionality in dress and hair-style. Vanity and affectation, and in some instances a studied rebellion, were involved in this manufacture of a presence. Writers whose appearance excited comment in this period include Max Beerbohm, Arnold Bennett, Hall Caine, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, John Davidson, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Andrew Lang, Richard Le Gallienne, Compton Mackenzie, George Meredith, William Morris, Ezra Pound, George Bernard Shaw, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tennyson, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, and W. B. Yeats.

Keywords:   image, representation, dress, hair-style, affectation

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