Victorian Literary Businesses

The Management and Practices of the British Publishing Industry

  • Marrisa Joseph

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-229

About this book


This book explores the business practices of the British publishing industry from 1843-1900, discussing the role of creative businesses in society and the close relationship between culture and business in a historical context. Marrisa Joseph develops a strong cultural, social and historical discussion around the developments in copyright law, gender and literary culture from a management perspective; analysing how individuals formed professional associations and contract law to instigate new processes. Drawing on institutional theory and analysing primary and archival sources, this book traces how the practices of literary businesses developed, reproduced and later legitimised. By offering a close analysis of some of publishing’s most influential businesses, it provides an insight into the decision-making processes that shaped an industry and brings to the fore the ‘institutional story’ surrounding literary business and their practices, many of which can still be seen today.


business history enterprise history institutional theory publishing industry nineteenth-century Britain creative industry

Authors and affiliations

  • Marrisa Joseph
    • 1
  1. 1.Henley Business SchoolUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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