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    Beyond the Hype: The Hidden Engine of American Literature in the Age of MFA Programs

    “Under the Veil: The Genesis, Production, and Reception of a Novel” by American sociologist Clayton Childs elucidates a paradigmatic publishing narrative: enveloping the myriad circumstances surrounding Cornelia Nickerson’s literary creation, “Jarrettsville,” a palpable tension beneath the veneer materialized. The modern American literary production process delineated in “Under the Veil” is markedly compartmentalized and market-driven. In contrast to China, where authors engage comprehensively in literary production, their American counterparts focus solely on creation, leaving manuscript scrutiny to editors and the liaison between writers and publications to adept literary agents. The threshold for literary agents is notably lower than that for editors, giving rise to a disparate cadre, rife with what Childs…

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