Chapter 3. The Literary Marketplace

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Jan Fergus Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch3

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Fergus, J. (2009) The Literary Marketplace, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch3

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Lehigh University, PA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • literary marketplace;
  • overview of the marketplace;
  • understanding how literary marketplace during Austen's lifetime affected her work;
  • Sense and Sensibility costing $75;
  • literary marketplace - making small editions possible and profitable and wider access to print;
  • Austen did not draw upon her literary earnings. She invested them in £600 worth of stock in the “Navy Fives”;
  • editions and costs;
  • earnings - Austen received during her lifetime something over £631, as much as £668, as her literary earnings;
  • reviews and readership


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Overview of the Marketplace

  • Editions and Costs

  • Earnings

  • Reviews and Readership

  • Further Reading