Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius by Jack Stillinger

Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius

byJack Stillinger

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This is a study of the collaborative creation behind literary works that are usually considered to be written by a single author. Although most theories of interpretation and editing depend on a concept of single authorship, many works are actually developed by more than one author. Stillingerexamines case histories from Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Mill, and T.S. Eliot, as well as from American fiction, plays, and films, demonstrating that multiple authorship is a widespread phenomenon. He shows that the reality of how an author produces a work is often more complex than is expressedin the romantic notion of the author as solitary genius. The cumulative evidence revealed in this engaging study indicates that collaboration deserves to be included in any account of authorial achievement.

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Jack Stillinger is at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Title:Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary GeniusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.54 × 5.83 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius offers some surprising historical facts concerning collaborative literary efforts, along with a compelling case for the inclusion of multiple authorship in any account of authorial achievement. This engaging study will be of interest to scholars, critics, and students in all areas of literature and literary theory.

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"Authoritative scholarly study - balanced, readable, knowledgeable, skillfully argued, and soundly documented."--Studies in Romanticism