"The Busiest Man in England": Grant Allen and the Writing Trade, 1875-1900

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"The Busiest Man in England": Grant Allen and the Writing Trade, 1875-1900 Criticism
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Although he only lived into middle age, Allen wrote about 30 novels and reams of travel guides and commentaries on everything from atheism, socialism, evolution, and sexual experimentation. The problem is, why would a man from a wealthy family need to live by his pen? Morton (humanities, Flinders U., Australia) searches for clues in family records as well as in Allen's writings, which include science and light fiction as his "stock in trade," but also feature The Woman Who Did , a work now much scrutinized by feminist critics of the era. He proved to be a prosperous businessman in a time when freelance writing was particularly brutal, largely through sheer hard work and the need to succeed in the face of those who thought he could not. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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