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Walter BesantThe Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform$
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Kevin A. Morrison

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620351

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.001.0001

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Workers as Artists

Workers as Artists

From Copyright to the Palace of Delight in Besant’s Writings

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(p.131) Chapter seven Workers as Artists
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Walter Besant
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Ayşe Çelikkol

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0008

Walter Besant denied that there was any necessary connection between the literary and the commercial value of any given literary work, but in his fiction and nonfiction he acknowledges that literary and commercial experiences often overlap. Besant’s advocacy for professional authorship in The Autobiography and The Pen and the Book and his call for a Palace of Delight in All Sorts and Conditions of Men foreground the intertwining of commerce, utility, and production with art, literature and taste. Both Besant’s fiction and his nonfiction reveal that the presence of the economic in aesthetic experiences is both necessary and productive.

Keywords:   Walter Besant, Economic value, Aesthetic value, The Pen and the Book, All Sorts and Conditions of Men, Walter Besant, Utility

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