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Those Who Write for ImmortalityRomantic Reputations and the Dream of Lasting Fame$
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H. J. Jackson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300174793

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300174793.001.0001

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The Fame Tradition

The Fame Tradition

(p.1) 1 The Fame Tradition
Those Who Write for Immortality

H. J. Jackson

Yale University Press

This book examines traditional cluster of ideas about literary fame to discuss how Romantic writers became famous. Most writers have an innate desire for fame. Their seemingly universal and unquenchable urge to be known and talked about motivates their great efforts and exceptional achievements. This introductory chapter presents two kinds of fame—present fame (renown) and future fame (reputation). Present fame refers to fame in one's lifetime, while future fame refers to fame that lasts even after one's death. Those who achieved renown could expect the continuing reward of memorialization after their deaths, but even those who failed to be famous while alive might have a lasting reputation. Most writers considered fame as an organic process, in which their renown grows steadily into reputation after death.

Keywords:   Romantic writers, fame, present fame, future fame, renown, reputation

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