The story of the solitary genius reached its apogee during the Romantic period and has remained attractive; but in fact writers are not solitary at all. They are attached to each other by skeins of influence and patterns of friendship, critique and review. They are attached, too, to the industry that is the field of literary production—agents, editors, publishers, designers, printers, distributors, reviewers, booksellers, and readers. And they are attached to society more broadly, having been made human beings within their particular culture and time, and with their tastes, knowledges, and predilections established by their personal and communal history.
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