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Under the cover : the creation, production, and reception of a novel

Author: Clayton Childress
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Princeton studies in cultural sociology.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Under the Cover follows the life trajectory of a single work of fiction from its initial inspiration to its reception by reviewers and readers. The subject is Jarrettsville, a historical novel by Cornelia Nixon, which was published in 2009 and based on an actual murder committed by an ancestor of Nixon's in the postbellum South. Clayton Childress takes you behind the scenes to examine how Jarrettsville was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Childress, Clayton.
Under the cover.
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016960240
(OCoLC)989622271
Named Person: Cornelia Nixon
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Clayton Childress
ISBN: 9781400885275 1400885272
OCLC Number: 987473999
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (309 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Introduction: the estrangement of creation, production, and reception --
2. The structure of creativity: or, why Jarrettsville almost wasn't called Jarrettsville --
3. Authorial careers: or, how $6,000 becomes a middle-class income --
4. Literary agents and double duties: or, why an author's success is out of her control --
5. Decision making, taste, and financial commitment to culture: or, why Counterpoint Press accepted Jarrettsville after rejecting it --
6. Industry structure and the position and disposition of publishers: or, how some of the end of Jarrettsville quite literally became the beginning --
7. Storytelling and mythmaking: or, how a one-sentence email nearly doubled a print run --
8. Retailers and reviewers: or, how being placed on the front table could have tanked Jarrettsville --
9. Reading life into novels: or, why a misanthropic thug may not be all bad --
10. Reading novels into life: or, how a story about the past became a story about the present --
Conclusion: reconnecting creation, production, and reception --
Methodological appendix: From there to here.
Series Title: Princeton studies in cultural sociology.
Responsibility: Clayton Childress.
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"Under the Cover follows the life trajectory of a single work of fiction from its initial inspiration to its reception by reviewers and readers. The subject is Jarrettsville, a historical novel by Cornelia Nixon, which was published in 2009 and based on an actual murder committed by an ancestor of Nixon's in the postbellum South. Clayton Childress takes you behind the scenes to examine how Jarrettsville was shepherded across three interdependent fields--authoring, publishing, and reading--and how it was transformed by its journey. Along the way, he covers all aspects of the life of a book, including the author's creative process, the role of the literary agent, how editors decide which books to acquire, how publishers build lists and distinguish themselves from other publishers, how they sell a book to stores and publicize it, and how authors choose their next projects. Childress looks at how books get selected for the front tables in bookstores, why reviewers and readers can draw such different meanings from the same novel, and how book groups across the country make sense of a novel and what it means to them. Drawing on original survey data, in-depth interviews, and groundbreaking ethnographic fieldwork, Under the Cover reveals how decisions are made, inequalities are reproduced, and novels are built to travel in the creation, production, and consumption of culture"--Provided by publisher.

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