Biographer, book historian, and scholarly editor, James L. W. West III is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.
"The first systematic, scholarly examination of authorship in our own time. . . . A valuable and stimulating book."-Library Quarterly "[West] bulids a convincing case for the way market forces shape a writer's career, subject matter, and narrative form."-Review in American Studies "An absorbing account of the mechanics and economics of American writing."-Encounter "West admirably and lucidly stalks an important theoretical point-the relationship between aesthetic and commercial factors in the production of serious American literature."-American Literature