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Writers, Readers, and ReputationsLiterary Life in Britain 1870-1918$
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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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Reviews and Reviewers

Reviews and Reviewers

(p.116) 4 Reviews and Reviewers
Writers, Readers, and Reputations

Philip Waller (Contributor Webpage)

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The extensive space devoted to literature in daily newspapers of every kind, as well as in specialist periodicals, was a leading feature of the period. This chapter addresses the thorny question of the influence wielded by book reviews through a wide survey of contemporary opinion; so too are the merits of anonymous versus signed articles and the opportunities for manipulation in the book trade, as evidenced by favouritism shown to authors who were friendly with particular reviewers or whose publisher ran an expensive advertising campaign. Authors frequently doubled as reviewers. Those whose experiences are featured here include Walter Besant, Robert Browning, Shan Bullock, Samuel Butler, Hall Caine, Joseph Conrad, Marie Corelli, Pearl Craigie (‘John Oliver Hobbes’), Thomas Hardy, Alice Meynell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Thomas, Anthony Trollope, Hugh Walpole, H.G.Wells, and Virginia Woolf. The tastes and philosophies of the leading bookmen — Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, and George Saintsbury — are examined.

Keywords:   book reviews, reviewers, advertising campaigns, bookmen

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