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The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing

Michael J. Everton


When Lord Byron toasted Napoleon for summarily executing a bookseller and when American satirist Fitz-Greene Halleck picketed his New York publisher for trying to starve him, both writers were taking part in a time-honored tradition: calling out publishers as unregenerate capitalists. However apocryphal, both stories speak to what writer Gail Hamilton called “the conflict of the ages,” the long feud between and writers and publishers over the way the business of print ought to be conducted. Michael Everton explores this feud in the early United States, where the much-discussed relationship bet ... More

Keywords: authorship, publishing, ethics, Herman Melville, Thomas Paine, Hannah Adams, Fanny Fern, Gail Hamilton, business, copyright

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751785
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Everton, author
Simon Fraser University