A Novel Collaboration: The Role of Editing in 20th Century American Literature
Editors’ contributions to literary creation are too often understated or overlooked. Most of the existing conversation in regards to editors is either purely biographical in nature or else discusses editing as a practice entirely separate from that of authorship. While one must acknowledge the different demands of these roles, the practices of writing and editing are firmly and complexly intertwined. This thesis, “A Novel Collaboration: Editorial Influence in Twentieth Century American Fiction,” explores the effect of editing on the creation of 20th century American fiction. Analysis of the history of publication and changes to this process enacted during the 20th century provides insight into the active function of editorship on literary creation. Focusing on prominent American novels and how these books developed from collaborative authorial/editorial relationships sheds light on the editor’s place within notions of authorship. Editors such as Maxwell Perkins and Thérèse “Tay” Von Hohoff, rather passively standing by during the process of literary creation, play an active role in shaping the texts that inform the American literary identity of the early to mid-twentieth century. Corroborated by manuscript annotations, correspondence, biographies, historical records, interviews, and critical essays, this thesis foregrounds editors as participants in authorship, and grants them a measure of responsibility for the novels that make up the American literary canon.
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