The Society of Authors,1884-1914: Professional Association and Literary Property

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of English Studies

Research interests:
English Literature, History of the book
England, England
Project period:
09-Sep-2020 - 31-Aug-2024
Project categories:
Research project
Project summary:

This project will examine the formation and early history of the Society of Authors (1884-1914), the most successful professional literary association of the nineteenth century, and still in existence today.

Through extensive primary research on the Society’s archive and official publications, it will offer the first comprehensive scholarly assessment of the Society’s work in support of professional association, literary property, and members’ careers.

Culminating in the publication of a collaborative critical study and an edited anthology of primary sources, the project will shed new light on late-Victorian and Edwardian literary culture, and on the wider professionalization of authorship in Britain.

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Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Dr Andrew Nash Reader in Book History and Director of the London Rare Books School Institute of English Studies School of Advanced Study, University of London



Funder Grant type Award
The Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant £303,954.00


Related Activities

Related websites:

Title Details
The History of the Society of Authors - 1884-1914

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