Those Who Write for Immortality: Romantic Reputations and the Dream of Lasting Fame


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Yale University Press
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5.8 X 9.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

H. J. Jackson is professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, where she was one of the founders of the graduate program in book history and print culture. She has explored every major research library in the U.S. and spent many happy summer months in the British Library and other collections in the U.K. She lives in Toronto.


"Jackson commands a lifetime of reading in a fluid, ceaselessly compelling history of the literary afterlife, of how over the centuries, our concepts of a writer's immortality have morphed, mutated, double-backed."--William Giraldi, The New Republic--William Giraldi "The New Republic "
"A thoughtful, elegant, and subtly humorous exploration of the specific circumstances that enable literary reputations to flourish over the long term."--Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker--Joshua Rothman "The New Yorker "
"[A] spirited and always enlightening meditation on literary fame."--Carlin Romano, The Chronicle of Higher Education--Carlin Romano "The Chronicle of Higher Education "
"[A] lively and immensely knowledgeable book."--Richard Holmes, The New York Review of Books--Richard Holmes "The New York Review of Books "
"[A] revelatory and delightful study . . . Jackson's study should renew interest in the Romantic period and its writers--the famous and forgotten alike."?Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly
"Those Who Write for Immortality is therefore a special book, a delightfully readable and reliable witness for a subject that sometimes seems out of fashion, as ideas of posterity appear either pointless or impossible, in literature or elsewhere."--The American Scholar--The American Scholar
"[A] fascinating new study of literary reputation . . . [a] meticulously researched, elegantly written and wonderfully subtle account of the reputational fortunes, over time, of a select group of Romantic period writers."--The Literary Review of Canada--The Literary Review of Canada
"Samuel Daniel, a poet attuned to literary immortality, dreamed of "one good reader". Jackson is just such a reader. Her book is full of good criticism."--Hal Jensen, TLS-- (08/19/2016)