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Author Smith, Steven Carl, 1981-
Title An empire of print : the New York publishing trade in the early American republic / Steven Carl Smith
Imprint University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2017]
2017

Author Smith, Steven Carl, 1981-
Series The Penn State series in the history of the book
Penn State series in the history of the book.
Subject Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 18th century.
Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century.
Book industries and trade -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 18th century.
Book industries and trade -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 244 pages)
Summary Home to the so-called big five publishers as well as hundreds of smaller presses, renowned literary agents, a vigorous arts scene, and an uncountable number of aspiring and established writers alike, New York City is widely perceived as the publishing capital of the United States and the world. This book traces the origins and early evolution of the city's rise to literary preeminence.Through five case studies, Steven Carl Smith examines publishing in New York from the post–Revolutionary War period through the Jacksonian era. He discusses the gradual development of local, regional, and national distribution networks, assesses the economic relationships and shared social and cultural practices that connected printers, booksellers, and their customers, and explores the uncharacteristically modern approaches taken by the city's preindustrial printers and distributors. If the cultural matrix of printed texts served as the primary legitimating vehicle for political debate and literary expression, Smith argues, then deeper understanding of the economic interests and political affiliations of the people who produced these texts gives necessary insight into the emergence of a major American industry. Those involved in New York's book trade imagined for themselves, like their counterparts in other major seaport cities, a robust business that could satisfy the new nation's desire for print, and many fulfilled their ambition by cultivating networks that crossed regional boundaries, delivering books to the masses.A fresh interpretation of the market economy in early America, An Empire of Print reveals how New York started on the road to becoming the publishing powerhouse it is today
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Samuel Loudon and the building of the Empire State in print -- William Gordon, print culture, and the politics of history -- John Ward Fenno's bookshop politics -- Literary fairs and national ambitions -- Evert Duyckinck and the national book trade
Note Description based on print version record
ISBN 9780271079929 (electronic bk.)
0271079924 (electronic bk.)
9780271078519 (cloth: alk. paper)
0271078510 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN (Coutts)036998750
OCLC # 1001338060
Additional Format Print version: Smith, Steven Carl, 1981- Empire of print. University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2017] 9780271078519 (DLC) 2017006873 (OCoLC)964292172


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