The Invention Of The Newspaper: English Newsbooks 1641-1649

Paperback | July 13, 2005

byJoad Raymond

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The first weekly English newsbooks appeared in November 1641, on the eve of the civil war. Though they provoked animosity and fanned the flames of civil war, they have survived almost without interruption to the present day, transformed into the modern newspaper. The Invention of the Newspaperis the first detailed account of the origins and early development of the English newspaper, using a wealth of new evidence to show the causes of the first newsbooks, and their many and complex roles in the turbulent society in which they participated.Newsbooks were widely read and exerted considerable influence not only over immediate perceptions of news, but also over subsequent histories of the seventeenth-century, extending even to the present day. Using and synthesising approaches from literary criticism, history, and the 'socoiology oftexts', The Invention of the Newspaper shows how newsbooks transformed print culture, fed the public hunger for news, and in turn created a market for news periodical. Charting the newsbook's development as a form and a commercial enterprise, its literary qualities, and its relationship to othermeans of communication, The Invention of the Newspaper shows the newsbook's gradual and irresistible dominance of the market for information.

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The first weekly English newsbooks appeared in November 1641, on the eve of the civil war. Though they provoked animosity and fanned the flames of civil war, they have survived almost without interruption to the present day, transformed into the modern newspaper. The Invention of the Newspaperis the first detailed account of the origin...

Born in Cardiff, Joad Raymond took his BA in English and History at UEA, then proceeded to the University of Oxford to do a D.Phil. Between 1993 and 1995 he held a reearch fellowship at Magdalen College before moving to a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen. He has been Senior Lecturer in English Literature, at UEA since 2000.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.88 inPublished:July 13, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019928234X

ISBN - 13:9780199282340

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What News?1. A Narrative History of the English Newsbook, 1641-16492. The Outbreak of the English Newsbook3. Newsbooks, Style, and Political Rhetoric4. Paper Bullets: Newsbooks, Pamphlets, and Print Culture5. Newsbooks, their Distribution, and their Readers6. The Crisis of Eloquence: Newsbooks and HistoriographyAppendix: 'Diurnall Occurrences' from Manuscript to Print

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`In this immensely stimulating and diverse work, Raymond succeeds in keeping the different components of theory and description in balance. From the point of view of newspaper history the work is a terrific achievement. Raymond's material provides an important and stimulating contribution tomany of the debates about the way English society worked in the mid-seventeenth century.'Michael Harris, The Library, 19.4, December 1997