Placing Papers: The American Literary Archives Market

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Description

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 agents, curators, archivists, and others 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.

Product Details

Price
$26.95
Publisher
University of Massachusetts Press
Publish Date
June 30, 2020
Pages
192
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.8 X 9.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
ISBN/EAN
9781625344854

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About the Author

AMY HILDRETH CHEN holds a PhD in English from Emory University. She is an independent scholar based in North Liberty, Iowa.