Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - History - 403 pages
By the end of the seventeenth century the most effective means of persuasion and communication was the pamphlet, which created influential moral and political communities of readers, and thus formed a 'public sphere' of popular, political opinion. This book is a unique history of the printed pamphlet in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain and traces its rise as an imaginative and often eloquent literary form. Using a long-term perspective and a broad range of historical, bibliographical and textual evidence, the book sketches a complex definition of a 'pamphlet', showing the coherence of the literary form, the diversity of genres and imaginative devices employed by pamphleteers; and it explores readers' relationship with pamphlets and how both influenced politics. Individual chapters examine topics such as Elizabethan religious controversy, the book trade, the distribution of books and pamphlets, pamphleteering in the English Civil War, women and gender, and print in the Restoration.


What is a pamphlet?
Marprelate purity and paper bullets
printing practices
the business
Scottish origins of the explosion
gender female authorship
Index of names and titles
General index

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About the author (2003)

Joad Raymond is Lecturer in English Literature, University of East Anglia

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