Climates of Respectability in Sensational Urban Publishing

Blevin Shelnutt

New York University

Blevin Shelnutt is a Postdoctoral Lecturer in English at New York University. Her research focuses on American literature and culture before 1900, the history of the book, material culture studies, and the spatial humanities. She is currently working on a book project that examines the development of the antebellum literary marketplace in New York City and the material and imaginative influence of Broadway on literary production of the period. She holds the 2017-2018 Winterthur Postdoctoral Fellowship and has received awards supporting her research from the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


This essay explores the development of sensational urban writing by focusing on three influential authors of the genre, Ned Buntline, George Foster, and Solon Robinson. During the 1840s and 1850s, these writers not only... [ view full abstract ]


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