The Manufacturers of Literature: Writing and the Literary Marketplace in Eighteenth-century England

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University of Delaware Press, 2002 - 281 Seiten
'The Manufactures of Literature' explores the effect of the development of the publishing industry upon print culture generally, and literature specifically, during the eighteenth century. The book is structured around case studies of important writers and publishers, including Addison and Steele, Pope, Johnson, Robert Dodsley, and Frances Burney.

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Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
13
Sir Roger de Coverley as Agent of Change
31
Authorship and Literary Biography
71
Robert Dodsleys Collection of Poems by Several Hands the Modern Classic and Literary Value
112
The Excursion Evelina and Novel Culture
144
Frances Burneys Camilla and Modern Literary Authorship 112 144
195
Notes
234
Bibliography
259
Index
276
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Seite 13 - There has not been a law-suit in the parish since he has lived among them; if any dispute arises they apply themselves to him for the decision; if they do not acquiesce in his judgment, which I think never happened above once or twice at most, they appeal to me. At his first settling with me, I made him a present of all the good sermons which have been printed in English, and only begged of him that every Sunday he would pronounce one of them in the pulpit. Accordingly he has digested them into such...
Seite 77 - Dipt me in ink, my parents', or my own' As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame. I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came, I left no calling for this idle trade, No duty broke, no father disobeyed.
Seite 89 - Oh let me live my own, and die so too! (To live and die is all I have to do:) Maintain a poet's dignity and ease, And see what friends, and read what books I please: Above a patron, though I condescend Sometimes to call a minister my friend.
Seite 14 - A sermon repeated after this manner is like the composition of a poet in the mouth of a graceful actor.
Seite 85 - Pretty! in Amber to observe the forms Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms! The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare, But wonder how the devil they got there.
Seite 59 - But being ill-used by the above-mentioned widow, he was very serious for a year and a half; and though, his temper being naturally jovial, he at last got over it, he grew careless of himself, and never dressed afterwards. He continues to wear a coat and doublet of the same cut that were in fashion at the time of his repulse...
Seite 84 - tis ten times worse when they repent. One dedicates in high heroic prose, And ridicules beyond a hundred foes: One from all Grub Street will my fame defend, And, more abusive, calls himself my friend. This prints my letters, that expects a bribe, And others roar aloud, 'Subscribe, subscribe!
Seite 59 - He is a gentleman that is very singular in his behaviour, but his singularities proceed from his good sense, and are contradictions to the manners of the world, only as he thinks the world is in the wrong.
Seite 45 - This is the day on which many eminent authors will probably publish their last words. I am afraid that few of our weekly historians, who are men that above all others delight in war, will be able to subsist under the weight of a stamp, and an approaching peace...
Seite 42 - It was said of Socrates that he brought philosophy down from heaven, to inhabit among men ; and I shall be ambitious to have it said of me, that I have brought philosophy out of closets and libraries, schools and colleges, to dwell in clubs and assemblies, at tea-tables and in coffee-houses.

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