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Marjorie Garber

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242047

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242047.001.0001

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Dig It

Dig It

Looking for Fame in All the Wrong Places

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(p.140) CHAPTER ELEVEN Dig It
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Loaded Words
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Marjorie Garber

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242047.003.0012

Writers can become celebrities, but usually not for the quality of their writing. John Grisham and Danielle Steele are celebrities; John Ashbery and John Updike are, more properly, renowned or maybe even celebrated. In the nineteenth century, before the advent of film, radio, television, the Internet, and so on, authors could indeed be celebrities. We can all name them: Figures such as Lord Byron, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde. Celebrity and notoriety have evolved into a functional mythographic system, an assemblage of myths forming a complex unity. This chapter explores the concepts of celebrity, notoriety, and fame.

Keywords:   fame, notoriety, celebrity, authors, myths, Oscar Wilde

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