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The Busiest Man in England

Grant Allen and the Writing Trade, 1875-1900

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This book is a critical biography of Grant Allen, (1848-1899), the first for a century, based on all the surviving primary sources. Born in Kingston, Ontario, into a cultured and affluent family, Allen was educated in France and England. A mysterious marriage while he was an Oxford undergraduate wrecked his academic career and radicalized his views on sexual and marital questions, as did a three-year teaching stint in Jamaica. Despite his lifelong ill health and short life, Allen was a writer of extraordinary productivity and range. About half - more than 30 books and many hundreds of articles - reflects interests which ran from Darwinian biology to cultural travel guides. His prosperity, however, was underpinned by fiction; more than 30 novels, including The Woman Who Did , which has attracted much recent attention from feminist critics and historians. The Better End of Grub Street uses Allen's career to examine the role and status of the freelance author/journalist in the late-Victorian period. Allen's career delineates what it took to succeed in this notoriously tough profession.

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Titel: The Busiest Man in England
Autoren/Herausgeber: P. Morton
Ausgabe: 1st ed. 2005

ISBN/EAN: 9781349529391

Seitenzahl: 251
Format: 22,9 x 15,2 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 0 g
Sprache: Englisch

PETER MORTON currently teaches in the School of Humanities at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. His previous books include The Vital Science, a study of Darwinism and the literary imagination; and After Light, a history of early modern Adelaide. Morton also served as scientific historian to the Australian government for three years while writing the prizewinning Fire Across the Desert, the story of the Anglo-Australian joint project that established the rocket town of Woomera in the 1940s.

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