Grub Street: The Origins Of The British Press

January 15, 2020|
Grub Street: The Origins Of The British Press by Ruth Herman
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Love it or loathe it, the British press stands out as a remarkable institution. Sometimes referred to as the fourth estate and accused of wielding power without responsibility, it has been a channel for the dissemination of information those at the top of the pyramid of power would rather stayed hidden. Often, though, it has also delighted in scraping the bottom of the public interest barrel, deliberately manipulating certain truths and revelling in gossip and scandal.But where did this naughty child start? Here, Ruth Herman takes the reader back to the early days of the British press. The book journeys through the unsuccessful attempts of the government to silence the writers and how the army of journalists found their feet and honed their craft. The book also looks at the personalities who wrote fearlessly and the role played by some of English literature's most famous names. Printers and booksellers played a big part in the development of the press, and they are given their share of the limelight.There are stories of sedition and financial insider trading, and a look at the astonishing variety of content that appeared in these early periodicals. This included early examples of writing targeted at women, as well as the often bizarre early advertising that shared these same pages.
Ruth Herman took a mature degree in English and History and enjoyed it so much she followed it up with a PhD. She published in scholarly circles and taught at university level. Now retired, she enjoys writing to make history engaging and accessible to the general reader.
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Title:Grub Street: The Origins Of The British PressFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2020Publisher:Amberley PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1445688840

ISBN - 13:9781445688848

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