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It is commonplace to speak of Victorian literary professionals as caught between artistic and market concerns. They are spoken of as geniuses afraid of, in Mary Poovey’s words, becoming ‘cog[s] in the capitalist machine’.1 Or, less Romantically, accomplished writers struggling to fulfill both their artistic ideals and financial desires. Anthony Trollope’s Autobiography catapulted the art versus money conflict to the forefront of Victorian novelist history. As a result, critics like Victor Bonham-Carter write of Trollope that he ‘was impelled simply by the desire to entertain and to do as well as he could out of his talent’.2 Recent critics ferret out more complexity from such mergers of artist and professional businessman.
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