1st Edition

The Profession of Letters A Study of the Relation of Author to Patron, Publisher and Public, 1780-1832

By A.S. Collins Copyright 1928
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1928, this is the companion volume which follows on from Authorship in the Days of Johnson. The book discusses the reading public and socio-economic effects on educational and recreational literacy from improved communications, the spread of radicalism and free-thinking and the industrial revolution. The advance of popular literature is considered and the role which the monthlies, weeklies and dailies contributed to this. The rise of the novel and the social recognition of writers is also considered.

    1.Between Johnson and Scott 2. In the Days of Scott and Constable, 1800-1832 Epilogue: The Prospect in 1832. 


    A.S. Collins

    Original Review of Malcolm Lowry:

    ‘An engaged and energetic survey of Lowry’s work, concentrating largely on Under the Volcan but also usefully discussing the rest of the corpus, especially the early short stories…Binns offers an admirable condensed spy-hole onto Lowry’s work.’ Malcolm Lowry Review