Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius

Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius

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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. Stillinger examines 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 expressed in 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 146.8 x 217.4 x 23.9mm | 447.88g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195068610
  • 9780195068610
  • 2,005,556

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'it is the major achievement of Stillinger's book to detail the facts of multiple authorship that we have been either too blind to see or too prisoned in our romantic myth of authorship to acknowledge ... a clear theory of multiplicity relies upon such scholarly identification of authors and versions as Stillinger himself has so brilliantly exposed.' Paul Magnuson, New York University, Wordsworth Circle, Annual Review Issue '93, Vol. 23.4 'It is refreshing ... to see the case against "genius" or authorial autonomy made in so straightforwardly empirical a fashion, with a good editor's characteristic fidelity to awkward particulars.' Times Literary Supplement 'I strongly recommend publication... (Multiple Authorship) will be a major contribution both to textual scholarship and to theories of interpretation and editing.' Professor Susan Wolfson, Princeton Universityshow more

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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.show more

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