The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810 [NOOK Book]

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"A publishing phenomenon began in Glasgow in 1765. Uniform pocket editions of the English Poets printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis formed the first link in a chain of literary products that has grown ever since, as we see from series like Penguin Classics and Oxford World Classics. Thomas Frank Bonnell explores the origins of this phenomenon, analysing more than a dozen multi-volume poetry collections that sprang from the British press over the next half century. Why such collections flourished so quickly, who published them, what forms they
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The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810

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Overview

"A publishing phenomenon began in Glasgow in 1765. Uniform pocket editions of the English Poets printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis formed the first link in a chain of literary products that has grown ever since, as we see from series like Penguin Classics and Oxford World Classics. Thomas Frank Bonnell explores the origins of this phenomenon, analysing more than a dozen multi-volume poetry collections that sprang from the British press over the next half century. Why such collections flourished so quickly, who published them, what forms they assumed, how they were marketed and advertised, how they initiated their readers into the rites of mass-market consumerism, and what role they played in the construction of a national literature are all questions central to the study." Based on work with archival materials, newspapers, handbills, prospectuses, and above all the books themselves, Bonnell's findings shed light on all aspects of the book trade. Valuable bibliographical data is presented regarding every collection, forming an indispensable resource for future work on the history of the English poetry canon.
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"A scholarly triumph." --The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer

"Has all the hallmarks of a book backed up by decades of thorough and rigorous study." --Eighteenth-Century Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191559730
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

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Introduction A New Sensibility for Classics 1

1 Our Native Classics, Complete and Uniform 7

2 The Elzevirs of Glasgow: Robert and Andrew Foulis 39

3 William Creech and John Boyle: The Classics Spread Across Scotland 68

4 John Bell's Little Trifling Edition Revisited 97

5 Johnson's Prefaces and Bell's Connected System of Biography 134

6 The Best Judges of Vendible Poetry: William Strahan, Joseph Wenman, et al 169

7 Robert Anderson's Comprehensive View of English Poetry 199

8 Charles Cooke's Pocket Library 227

9 John Sharpe and Alexander Chalmers: A Body of Standard English Poetry 266

10 Splinter Canons, Fugitives, and Empire 309

Epilogue: A Library to Every House 344

Select Bibliography 353

Index of Booksellers, Printers, Publishers 371

General Index 375

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