"Joe Moran's book is a long overdue study of the way that cultures of celebrity and authorship interact to sell books in the United States. His subjects are not best-selling authors, but the so-called literary ones - that is the serious authors who win prizes and are taught in universities ( but who also happen to sell a lot of books). His aim is to" challenge the way the emergence of literary celebrity is most commonly explained - in terms of the vulgarisation of literary life by commercial mass media in America...." Star Authors" provides a much needed framework in which to study recent American fiction." Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Joe Moran is Lecturer in English and American Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.