Watt may not have invented the role of literary agent, but he certainly played a central part in defining and refining it. By the turn of the century, other agents had begun to challenge his supremacy – notably J.B. Pinker and Curtis Brown. But for almost twenty years, from the late 1870s through the late 1890s, Watt dominated, setting the standard against which his competitors and successors were measured. His activities altered how publishing businesses operated and how literature was produced. This, in turn, transformed the literary marketplace. His influence is both direct and subtle.
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- Agents and the Field of Print Culture
Mary Ann Gillies
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