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The Age of Authors: An Anthology of Eighteenth-Century Print Culture (Paperback)
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The Age of Authors: An Anthology of Eighteenth-Century Print Culture (Paperback)

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Eighteenth-century critics differed about almost everything, but if there was one point on which they almost universally agreed, it was that they were living through an age of extraordinary change. The texts in this collection respond to a series of fundamental questions about the changing nature of the literary field during a tumultuous age: What types of writing mattered in a thriving commercial nation? What kinds of knowledge ought literature to offer, if it was to continue to be relevant? What did it mean to be an author in this busy modern world, and what sorts of social distinction should authors expect to enjoy? The Age of Authors explores the complexity and generosity of the eighteenth century's literary community (or ""republick of letters"") and shows the sophistication and creativity with which it responded to the challenges of the time.

Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781554810925
Number of pages: 478
Weight: 632 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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"The Age of Authors fills a real gap in eighteenth-century literary studies. It provides an engaging, splendidly edited, and far-ranging anthology of the opinions of the variegated and expanding authorial community as it faced a world of profound change in the status, meaning, and process of literary production. Including a rich selection of essays by both important and freshly discovered writers, with a lively introduction setting out the cultural context of the period, the book is an essential guide for any reader interested in eighteenth-century literature and print and book history." - Barbara Benedict, Trinity College


"The Age of Authors fills a real gap in eighteenth-century literary studies. It provides an engaging, splendidly edited, and far-ranging anthology of the opinions of the variegated and expanding authorial community as it faced a world of profound change in the status, meaning, and process of literary production. Including a rich selection of essays by both important and freshly discovered writers, with a lively introduction setting out the cultural context of the period, the book is an essential guide for any reader interested in eighteenth-century literature and print and book history." -- Barbara Benedict, Trinity College


"The Age of Authors fills a real gap in eighteenth-century literary studies. It provides an engaging, splendidly edited, and far-ranging anthology of the opinions of the variegated and expanding authorial community as it faced a world of profound change in the status, meaning, and process of literary production. Including a rich selection of essays by both important and freshly discovered writers, with a lively introduction setting out the cultural context of the period, the book is an essential guide for any reader interested in eighteenth-century literature and print and book history." -- Barbara Benedict, Trinity College

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