This book deals with changing conditions and conceptions of authorship in the long eighteenth century, a period said to have witnessed the birth of the modern author. Challenging claims about the public sphere and the professional writer, it engages with recent work on print culture and the history of the book and takes up such under-treated topics as the forms of literary careers and the persistence of the Renaissance "republic of letters" into the "age of authors."
Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Representing Authorship 2. Milton's Italian Journey: The Making of a Man of Letters? 3. The Beginnings of Modern Authorship 4. Dryden's "Oldham" and the Life of Writing 5. Literary Collaboration 6. The Social World of Authorship 7. Literary Careers in the Eighteenth Century 8. The "Republic of Letters" in Eighteenth-century England 9. Authors by Profession 10. Gray's Audiences 11. The Rise of the Professional Writer? Bibliography