TITLE

Economic and Social Aspects of the Literary Situation

AUTHOR(S)
Kingston, Paul William; Cole, Jonathan R.
PUB. DATE
September 1983
SOURCE
Public Opinion Quarterly;Fall83, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p361
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
On the basis of a recent large survey of American authors, we report on the general economic condition of this unstructured and differentiated occupation, as well as the economic conditions of various types of authors. With few exceptions, authors earn little from their writing; only those who can "afford" to spend long hours writing stand a reasonable chance of making a modest income from it. The unusual nature of the occupation is suggested by the fact that a wide range of the authors' personal characteristics (demographic and socioeconomic attributes), as well as seemingly important aspects of their writing careers, account for very little variation in economic success.
ACCESSION #
5414441

 

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