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Author Chen, Amy, 1984- author
Title Placing papers : the American literary archives market / Amy Hildreth Chen
Imprint Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2020]
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 人文社會聯圖  Z692.A7 C44 2020    AVAILABLE    30600020137213
Descript xi, 183 pages ; 23 cm
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Series Studies in print culture and the history of the book
Note "The sale of authors' papers to archives has become big news, with collections from James Baldwin and Arthur Miller fetching record-breaking sums in recent years. Amy Hildreth Chen offers the history of how this multimillion dollar business developed from the mid-twentieth century onward and considers what impact authors, literary executors, agents, and rare book dealers have had on this burgeoning economy. The market for contemporary authors' archives began when research libraries needed to cheaply provide primary sources for the swelling number of students and faculty following World War II. Demand soon grew, and while writers and their families found new opportunities to make money, so too did book dealers and literary agents with the foresight to pivot their businesses to serve living authors. Public interest surrounding celebrity writers had exploded by the late twentieth century, and as Placing Papers illustrates, even the best funded institutions were forced to contend with the facts that acquiring contemporary literary archives had become cost prohibitive and increasingly competitive"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: Outside the Literary Collections Market -- Inside the Literary Collections Market -- Brand: Authors and Families -- Profit: Agents and Dealers -- Competition: Directors and Curators -- Provenance: Archivists and Digital Archivists -- Access: Scholars and the Public -- Conclusion: The Matthew Effect
Subject Libraries -- Special collections -- American literature
Archives -- Administration -- United States -- History
Archives -- Acquisitions -- United States -- History
Authors, American -- Archives
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