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By Melissa J. Homestead

ISBN-10: 051134533X

ISBN-13: 9780511345333

ISBN-10: 0521853826

ISBN-13: 9780521853828

Via an exploration of ladies authors'engagements with copyright and married ladies estate legislation, American girls authors and Literary estate, 1822-1869, revises nineteenth-century American literary historical past, making women's authorship and copyright legislation primary. utilizing case reports of 5 well known fiction writers Catharine Sedgwick, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fanny Fern, Augusta Evans, and Mary Virginia Terhunee, abode indicates how the convergence of copyright and coverture either fostered and restricted white women's organisation as authors. ladies authors exploited their prestige as nonproprietary matters to virtue through adapting themselves to a copyright legislations that privileged readers entry to literature over authors estate rights. Homesteads' inclusion of the Confederacy during this paintings sheds gentle at the centrality of copyright to nineteenth-century American nationalisms and at the strikingly varied development of author-reader family below U.S. and accomplice copyright legislation.

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The Rare Books Division of the Library of Congress holds all nineteenth-century copyright register books, with microfilm copies at the Copyright Office. Ellen Weinauer also notes that Elizabeth Stoddard’s husband signed the publishing contracts for her first and third novels, although she does not comment on whether or not he registered the copyrights in those novels in his own name. “Alternative Economies,” 170. P1: NPK/ICD 0521853826c01 0 521 85382 6 CUNY038B/Homestead July 28, 2005 16:15 Authors, Wives, Slaves 35 These copyrights in women’s literary works registered by their husbands as proprietors tell a relatively unambiguous story of coverture asserted in ongoing, functional marriages, but some married women authors and their literary properties occupied a far more ambiguous legal terrain.

497. P1: NPK/ICD 0521853826c01 0 521 85382 6 CUNY038B/Homestead July 28, 2005 16:15 34 American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822–1869 examination of the legitimacy of claims by the registrant, who simply paid a small fee and presented a printed title page of the work before publication of the work as a whole. Federal district courts, and later the Library of Congress, simply recorded registrations and accepted deposits of works after publication rather than accepting applications and subjecting them to examination.

Is, in many respects, precisely similar to that of the negro slave. She can make no contract and hold no property; whatever she inherits or earns becomes at that moment the property of her husband, who can take and use her wages without consulting her. Her children are not (in law) her children, but his – he can separate them from her, and put them under the guardianship of any other woman he may choose. Though he acquired a fortune through her, or though she earn [sic] a fortune through her talents, he is sole master of it, and she cannot draw a penny.

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