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Author Post-Lauria, Sheila, 1955-
Title Correspondent colorings : Melville in the marketplace / Sheila Post-Lauria.
Imprint Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [1996]
©1996

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Subject Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Technique.
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Books and reading.
Authors and readers -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Journalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Popular literature -- Technique.
Fiction -- Technique.
Literary form.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 276 pages)
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-268) and index.
Summary This innovative book makes a major contribution to the current revision of the American literary canon. Challenging the view of Melville as an isolated, alienated genius, Sheila Post-Lauria presents him not only as a writer keenly attuned to the popular culture of his day but also as one who considered reliance upon cultural materials fundamental to his creativity. Firmly grounded in the new scholarship on the history of nineteenth-century print culture and in studies of Melville's contemporaries, Correspondent Colorings provides a rereading of Melville's oeuvre that casts new light on masterpieces like Moby dick and ambiguous texts such as Benito Cereno, as well as lesser known magazine and the late poetry.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
Note Print version record.
ISBN 058508405X (electronic bk.)
9780585084053 (electronic bk.)
1558490027
1558490035
9781558490024 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781558490031 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 43475580
Additional Format Print version: Post-Lauria, Sheila, 1955- Correspondent colorings. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©1996 1558490027 (DLC) 95037247 (OCoLC)32924448
Table of Contents
 Acknowledgments 
 Preface 
Pt. 1Literary Culture 
 1Cultural Context3
 2Typee: (Re)Making the Best-Seller27
 3Reader Expectations and Innovation in Omoo and Mardi47
 4Writer and Community in Redburn and White-Jacket80
Pt. 2Critical Debates 
 5Originality: The Case of Moby-Dick101
 6(Un)Popularity: Moby-Dick and Pierre123
Pt. 3The Periodical Marketplace 
 7Marketplace Conditions151
 8Creative Reliance: Periodical Practices in the Magazine Fiction165
Pt. 4New Audiences, New Forms 
 9Writing the American Novel: The Confidence-Man213
 10The Move to Poetry228
 Notes231
 Index269