Blake published two novels during the period of Stead's silence but, for the most part, he and Stead scraped together a living in London doing ill-paid literary hack
work: reading manuscripts (mostly in German and French) for publishers, translating, editing, reviewing.
Le Saux says, 'Wace was almost certainly perceived by his contemporaries as a man of great piety and erudition, rather than as some literary hack
hanging around the Anglo-Norman monarchs waiting for his big break-a mental image one sometimes discerns underlying twentieth-century critical discourse' (P.
Above all, the picture that emerges from this immensely rich selection of short texts is that of a much jollier figure, a man for whom storytelling (and in this respect, the contrast with Flaubert is striking) came as naturally as breathing, very different from the tired literary hack
struggling against impossible deadlines and dishonest publishers, i.e.
"To do your work honestly, to amuse and instruct your reader of to-day, to die when your time comes, and go hence with as clean a breast as may be" (90)--this is Thackeray's injunction to the modern literary hack
, and it forms the basis of his defense of the integrity of Blanchard's career, in opposition to what he takes to be the "discontent and morbid craving for renown" exhibited by Bulwer (Works [XXV] 95).
And all of a sudden, amid this devil's sabbath of polished cynicism, an unexpected tone of authentic pain and compassion appears, even though applied to unlikely objects such as Semyon Babayevsky, a formerly famous literary hack
to whom a paradox-loving fate granted biblical age.
New Grub Street contrasts the career of Edwin Reardon, a gifted but impoverished author of proven literary merit, with that of Jasper Milvain, a materially successful reviewer and literary hack
. The book suggests that self-advertising affords a writer a more certain route to success than does talent.