Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s–1940s

Sydney University Press
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Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s–1940s explores how Australian writers and their works were present in the United States before the mid twentieth century to a much greater degree than previously acknowledged. Drawing on fresh archival research and combining the approaches of literary criticism, print culture studies and book history, David Carter and Roger Osborne demonstrate that Australian writing was transnational long before the contemporary period. In mapping Australian literature’s connections to British and US markets, their research challenges established understandings of national, imperial and world literatures.

Carter and Osborne examine how Australian authors, editors and publishers engaged productively with their American counterparts, and how American readers and reviewers responded to Australian works. They consider the role played by British publishers and agents in taking Australian writing to America, and how the international circulation of new literary genres created new opportunities for novelists to move between markets.

Some of these writers, such as Christina Stead and Patrick White, remain household names; others who once enjoyed international fame, such as Dale Collins and Alice Grant Rosman, have been largely forgotten. The story of their books in America reveals how culture, commerce and copyright law interacted to create both opportunities and obstacles for Australian writers.
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About the author

David Carter is Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland.

Roger Osborne is Lecturer in English and Writing at James Cook University, Cairns.

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Publisher
Sydney University Press
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Published on
Jul 2, 2018
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Pages
378
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ISBN
9781743325797
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Oceania
Language Arts & Disciplines / Publishing
Literary Collections / Australian & Oceanian
Literary Criticism / General
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