Recent years have witnessed a heightened interest in eighteenth-century literary journalism and popular culture. This book provides an account of the early periodical as a literary genre and traces the development of journalism from the 1690s to the 1760s, covering a range of publications by both well-known and obscure writers. The book's central theme is the struggle of eighteenth-century journalists to attain literary respectability and the strategies by which editors sought to improve the literary and social status of their publications.
Preface And Acknowledgements Notes On The Text Introduction: The Rise of The Periodical 1. ‘Censor-General of Great Britain’: The Tatler and the Editor as Social Monitor 2. ‘The Conversation of my Drawing-Room’: The Female Editor and the Public Sphere in the Female Tatler 3. ‘In Clubs and Assemblies, At Tea-Tables, and in Coffee-Houses’: The Spectator and the Shift From the Editorial Club to the Club of Correspondents 4. ‘Faction And Nonsense’: The Rivalry Between Common Sense and the Nonsense of Common Sense 5 Inventor or Plagiarist? Edward Cave and the First Magazine 6. Polite, Genteel, Elegant: The Female Spectator and the Editor’s Pretensions to Gentility 7 ‘Writing Like a Teacher’: Johnson as Moralist in the Rambler 8 ‘A Becoming Sensibility’: The Old Maid and the Sentimental Periodical 9. ‘Studies Proper For Women’: The Lady’s Museum and the Periodical as an Educational Tool 10/ ‘Buried Among the Essays Upon Liberty, Eastern Tales, and Cures for the Bite of a Mad Dog’: Oliver Goldsmith and the Essayist in The Age of Magazines Notes Bibliography Index