Judging New Wealth: Popular Publishing and Responses to Commerce in England, 1750-1800

Hardcover | September 1, 1994

byJames Raven

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In this broad-ranging study, James Raven explores popular literature and the book trade in the second half of the eighteenth century. Based on intensive research into the production and sale of literature ranging from novels and magazines to courtesy books and fashionable tracts, the bookexamines the representation of the newly wealthy. Dr Raven challenges the notion that prejudice against the businessman was a late nineteenth-century phenomenon. He shows how, during a period of often bewildering change and instability, a competitive literature industry led reaction againstexcessive consumer spending, contributed to the definition of legitimate economic behaviour, and stimulated unprecedented attacks upon the social presumption of tradesmen. This is a scholarly and stimulating study which makes important contributions to debates on the supposed decline of the British industrial spirit and on the growing self-confidence of the middle class. Judging New Wealth adds very greatly to our understanding of late eighteenth-century England andits cultural and business climate.

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In this broad-ranging study, James Raven explores popular literature and the book trade in the second half of the eighteenth century. Based on intensive research into the production and sale of literature ranging from novels and magazines to courtesy books and fashionable tracts, the bookexamines the representation of the newly wealth...

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In this broad-ranging study, James Raven explores popular literature and the book trade in the second half of the eighteenth century. Based on intensive research into the production and sale of literature ranging from novels and magazines to courtesy books and fashionable tracts, the book examines the representation of the newly wealth...

Raven is the author of British Fiction 1750-1770: A Chronological Check List of Prose Fiction (Delaware University Press, 1987) and The Commercialization of the Book (CUP, forthcoming).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198202377

ISBN - 13:9780198202370

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`What the reader will find...is scholarly analysis. Raven's study is sure to be an important resource, both for its methodology and as a rich hoard of information. Scholars interested in business and econmoic history, publishing history and popular culture in the late eighteenth centuryengland will find that the considerable intellectual assets of Judging New Wealth will genreously repay their labours.'Review of English Studies