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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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What Lies Back of the Contract

What Lies Back of the Contract

(p.165) Epilogue What Lies Back of the Contract
The Grand Chorus of Complaint

Michael J. Everton

Oxford University Press

The Epilogue reads Gail Hamilton's A Battle of the Books (1870) in light of the ethical issues raised before the Civil War and against the backdrop of the changes it would go through after the war. Despite her skepticism of trade morality, Hamilton did not argue that authors were better off without the trade. The publisher was too much a part of the living world of the author, too essential to the business of authorship. Perhaps the author simply needed to be more like Fern's Ruth: capable of understanding the transactions of the counting room if she was to expect anything like fairness.

Keywords:   Gail Hamilton, Ticknor and Fields, authorship, Sophia Hawthorne, publishing, James T Fields, economics, ethics, A Battle of the Books, gender

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