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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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Lecture Tours

Lecture Tours

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(p.575) 16 Lecture Tours
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Writers, Readers, and Reputations
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Philip Waller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.003.0016

A prime means of generating publicity for writers and sales of their works was by their giving readings or lectures, chiefly in north America (both the U.S.A. and Canada) and also in the home countries and elsewhere in the Empire. Dickens had taken the lead, Thackeray following; but it was after 1870 that the North American lecture circuit became regularised by agents such as Major J. B. Pond, who also brought American literary stars to Britain. This chapter details writers' mixed experiences and rewards, and examines why some took to the platform and others recoiled, featuring Sir Edwin Arnold, Matthew Arnold, Henry Ward Beecher, A. C. Benson, Mrs. Hodgson Burnett, Hall Caine, G. K. Chesterton, Winston Churchill, Pearl Craigie (‘John Oliver Hobbes’), Conan Doyle, W. F. Farrar, Galsworthy, Henry James, Jerome K. Jerome, Charles Kingsley, Kipling, George MacDonald, ‘Ian Maclaren’, George Du Maurier, Alice Meynell, Anthony Trollope, Mrs Humphry Ward, Oscar Wilde, W. B.Yeats, and Israel Zangwill.

Keywords:   readings, lecture circuit, north America, lecture agents

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