Literary criticism has been called a story of reading. In what conditions have the best critical stories been told? From Jenny Uglow's account of literary journalism in the world of Henry Fielding to Marjorie Perloff's praise for the impact of the Internet on poetry publishing and reviewing, this book gives case-histories of the commercial and institutional contexts of writing about writing, with an emphasis on the vexed, but at best mutually beneficial, relationship between journalism and literary scholarship.