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date: 26 February 2020

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This article discusses how naturalist authors interacted with the American literary marketplace. Detailed examination of naturalist authors' experiences with editors, publishers, and readers suggests that instead of a “hidden hand” hegemonically controlling the publishing industry, multiple groups of interested parties—whose memberships were constantly changing—negotiated over the publication terms of each naturalist text. Each author, and indeed, each work, consequently has its own history and deserves its own investigation.

Keywords: naturalist authors, literary market, publication, publishing industry

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