I've recently found out about Emily Dickensen's lack of literary control over her poems. In essence, publishers would rewrite/modify her poems to fit the current "rules" of poetry.
This leads me to make two assumptions:
- That publishers would often rewrite or modify literature with little to no input from the author
- That this sort of thing doesn't happen today (or at least, that it is rare).
Assuming this is correct, what changed? Why were authors given greater control over their writing after submitting it to the publishers?