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The Work of Print
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Traces a shift in the very definition of literature, from one that encompasses the material conditions of the production and distribution of books to the more familiar emphasis on the solitary author's ownership of an abstract text. Drawing on contemporary accounts of printers, booksellers, publishers, and distributors, the author examines attitudes about the creative process and approaches to the commodification of writing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-c
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-2
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  1. 1. Introduction: Printing Production Values
  2. pp. 3-27
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  1. 2. Printers’ Manuals and the Bodies of Type
  2. pp. 28-59
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  1. 3. Citizen, Hero, or Midwife? Re-presenting the Bookseller
  2. pp. 60-90
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  1. 4. From Authorized Print to Authoritative Author: The Regulated Trade
  2. pp. 91-126
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  1. 5. The Printer as Author: Samuel Richardson, Intellectual Property, and the Feminine Text
  2. pp. 127-157
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  1. 6. The Ghost in the Machine: Invisible Print in a Digital Age
  2. pp. 158-174
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-bc
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