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Man of Letters, Literary Lady, Journalist or Reporter?

Lonsdale, S. (2014). Man of Letters, Literary Lady, Journalist or Reporter?. Media History, doi: 10.1080/13688804.2014.991384


The enormous changes wrought in the British newspaper industry during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought about a revolution in newspaper reading habits, financing and influence, all aspects of which have been well-documented by historians of the press. But what of the contributor, particularly the freelance whose millions of words formed, mostly anonymously, the content of the new mass market press? How did writers negotiate changes in the literary marketplace during this time as editors demanded more ‘news’ and less in the way of whimsical paragraphing, and sketches, the traditional newspaper output of the professional man, or woman, of letters? Through the study of memoirs, correspondence and the fictional output of contributors to the press during this time, it is possible to discern the often fraught relations between writers and their most lucrative market.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in MEDIA HISTORY on 24th December 2014, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Bourdieu, journalist, newspaper, freelance, man of letters, Northcliffe
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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