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The practice of publishing books by subscription—in other words, by getting orders for the book before it was published—was one way for presses to ensure that they would not take a loss, and this practice survived from colonial times. Even the best-selling books of the era sold in numbers that are small by modern standards: Cathy Davidson estimates that Charlotte Temple, one of the best-selling American novels of the era, sold roughly forty thousand copies in the first two decades after its publication.
If it seems difficult to tell fiction from nonfiction, attempting to explain why can lead to interesting analyses. Why would readers view memoir so differently from fiction? For that matter, consider the popularity of memoir at the present day: Do readers still think of memoir as significantly different from fiction? How and why? 2. One debate over life-writing in the Revolutionary era is whether it reinforced communal social values or individuality. Beginning with Franklin, students might be inclined to agree with the critics who see the genre as moving toward individualism.
Students might wish to compare the functioning of any of the groups described by Kaplan with other collective formations in early American literature and culture. David S. Shields’s Civil Tongues and Polite Letters in British America (1997) describes the culture of sociability, including club culture, in early America. Collaborative culture in poetry is presented well in Milcah Martha Moore’s Book: A Commonplace Book from Revolutionary America (1997). 3. Readers today are often surprised at how openly early American newspaper editors took partisan positions.