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The Grand Chorus of ComplaintAuthors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing$
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Michael J. Everton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751785.001.0001

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Hannah Adams and the Courtesies of Authorship

Hannah Adams and the Courtesies of Authorship

(p.67) 3 Hannah Adams and the Courtesies of Authorship
The Grand Chorus of Complaint

Michael J. Everton

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 explores how authors argued among themselves about propriety and moral authority in the context of a little-known debate over the conduct of the trade. In 1804 the historian Hannah Adams became embroiled in a dispute with Jedidiah Morse, a minister and the author of a best-selling geography, over who had rights to the flourishing school textbook market. This quarrel is usually read as a battle over gender in authorship, which it was. It was also, though, a contest over authorial decorum, a contest that illustrates the ways in which morality could be an instrumental force in America's nascent print culture.

Keywords:   Hannah Adams, Jedidiah Morse, authorship, republicanism, gender, publishing, Benjamin Edes, ethics

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