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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 Stigma of Popularity

The Stigma of Popularity

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Those Who Write for Immortality

H. J. Jackson

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the success of the novelists Walter Scott, Jane Austen, and Mary Brunton during the time in the early nineteenth century when people considered novels as low quality art compared to poetry. Scott's novel The Lay of the Last Minstrel, which he had modeled on medieval verse romances, generated nine thousand copies of print in the first two years. Brunton's novel Self-Control quickly gained popularity in London and was published in four editions that appeared in 1811 and in 1812. Austen published fictions that circulated in library market and achieved a measure of recognition before she died. She was described by the scholars as a classic equally successful both in the public and the academy.

Keywords:   Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Mary Brunton, The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Self-Control

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