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Sentiment and Celebrity

Nathaniel Parker Willis and the Trials of Literary Fame

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Sentiment and Celebrity by Thomas N. Baker
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Sentiment and Celebrity tells the story of a man the New York Times once called "the most talked-about author in America." A widely admired, if controversial, master of the sentimental appeal, poet and "magazinist" Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) was a pioneer in the modern business of celebrity. By charting the shape and thrust of the various controversies that surrounded Willis, this book shows how the cultural and commercial impulses that fostered the development of antebellum America's love affair with fame and fashion drew power and sustenance from the concurrent allure of genteel cultivation and sentiment.

Author Biography

Thomas N. Baker is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 1999
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
15 halftones
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Pages
272
Dimensions
160x242x21
ISBN-13
9780195120738
Product ID
1808937

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