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Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel

Clayton Childress


This book follows the life trajectory of a single work of fiction from its initial inspiration to its reception by reviewers and readers. The subject is Jarrettsville, a historical novel by Cornelia Nixon, which was published in 2009 and based on an actual murder committed by an ancestor of Nixon's in the postbellum South. The book takes you behind the scenes to examine how Jarrettsville was shepherded across three interdependent fields—authoring, publishing, and reading—and how it was transformed by its journey. Along the way, it covers all aspects of the life of a book, including the author' ... More

Keywords: authors, publishing, readers, books, literary agents, bookstores, Cornelia Nixon, Jarrettsville, editors, reviewers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691160382
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691160382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clayton Childress, author
University of Toronto