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Brier, Evan
A novel marketplace : mass culture, the book trade, and postwar American fiction / Evan Brier
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PS379 .B675 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Fiction -- Publishing -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Literature publishing -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Authors and publishers -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Physical Description 199 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-192) and index
Contents Introduction : selling the novel in the age of mass culture -- Constructing the postwar art novel : the making and marketing of The sheltering sky -- The "incalculable value of reading" : Fahrenheit 451 and the paperback assault on mass culture -- Synergy and the novelist : Simon & Schuster, Time, Inc., and The man in the gray flannel suit -- From novel to blockbuster : Peyton Place and the narrative of cultural decline -- 1959 and beyond : mergers, acquisitions, and Norman Mailer -- Epilogue : novels today : Oprah Winfrey, Jonathan Franzen, and the long tail
Review "In A Novel Marketplace, Evan Brier illuminates the complex ties between postwar mass culture and the making, marketing, and reception of American fiction. Between 1948, when television began its ascendancy, and 1959, when Random House became a publicly owned corporation, the way American novels were produced and distributed changed considerably. Analyzing a range of mid-century novels - including Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Sloan Wilson's The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, and Grace Metalious's Peyton Place - Brier reveals the specific strategies used to carve out cultural and economic space for the American novel just as it seemed most under threat. During this anxious historical moment, the book business underwent an improbable expansion, by capitalizing on an economic boom and a rising population of educated consumers and by forming institutional alliances with educators and cold warriors to promote reading as both a cultural and political good." "A Novel Marketplace tells how the book trade and the novelists themselves successfully positioned their works as embattled holdouts against an oppressive mass culture, even as publishers formed partnerships with mass-culture institutions that foreshadowed the multimedia mergers to come in the 1960s. As a foil for and a partner to literary institutions, mass media corporations assisted in fostering the novel's development as both culture and commodity."--BOOK JACKET

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