(1) From Robert Folkenflik:
A few relevant books are:
Michael T. Gilmore, American Romanticism and the Marketplace
R. Jackson Wilson, Figures of Speech: American Writers and the Literary Marketplace
For an excellent account of a number of issues in an English context:
Mark Rose, Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright
I've been doing some work in this area over a long period. The most
pertinent pieces (again mainly English) are:
"The Artist as Hero in the Eighteenth Century," Yearbook of English
Studies, 12 (1982): 91-108.
"Patronage and the Poet-Hero," Huntington Library Quarterly,
48 (1985): 363-79.
(2) From Susanna Ashton:
If you are considering REPRESENTATIONS of authorship in the United States during the nineteenth century, you might do well with Fanny Fern's Ruth Hall (1855?), a semi-autobiographical novel, in which the heroine is a professional writer. I believe Rutgers University press came out with a new edition in 1986 as part of the American Women Writers series. [It did; and it remains in print.--DT]