Nineteenth-Century Literature

Special Issue: George Lippard's The Quaker City
Volume 70, Number 1

Lippard in Part(s): Seriality and Secrecy in The Quaker City

by Christopher Looby

What did George Lippard mean by publishing The Quaker City (1844–45) originally in ten parts? It is tricky to determine the meaning of what some might consider relatively accidental circumstances of print form—the choice of a print format, to be sure, will always be decided by a mix of circumstantial pressures, random accidents, and artistic purposes. But because part publication was a relatively uncommon format for long fiction in the United States in the 1840s, and because Lippard had reasons (as I will discuss below) for seeking to circumvent the usual print protocols of his time and place, it is plausible to assume that his choice of this material form meant something. In fact, as I will argue, part publication served as an expressive form for Lippard’s Quaker City...

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