Vanity Fair and the Celestial City : dissenting, Methodist, and evangelical literary culture in England 1720-1800 / Isabel Rivers.

This work explores the works written, edited, abridged, and promoted by evangelical dissenters, Methodists both Arminian and Calvinist, and Church of England evangelicals in the period 1720 to 1800. Isabel Rivers also looks back to earlier sources and forward to the continued republication of many o...

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Main Author: Rivers, Isabel, (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Oxford University Press : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition:First edition.
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Summary:This work explores the works written, edited, abridged, and promoted by evangelical dissenters, Methodists both Arminian and Calvinist, and Church of England evangelicals in the period 1720 to 1800. Isabel Rivers also looks back to earlier sources and forward to the continued republication of many of these works well into the nineteenth century. The first part is concerned with the publishing and distribution of religious books by commercial booksellers and not-for-profit religious societies, and the means by which readers obtained them and how they responded to what they read. The second part shows that some of the most important publications were new versions of earlier nonconformist, episcopalian, Roman Catholic, and North American works. The third part explores the main literary kinds, including annotated bibles, devotional guides, exemplary lives, and hymns. Building on many years' research into the religious literature of the period, Rivers discusses over two hundred writers and provides detailed case studies of popular and influential works. -- Provided by publisher
Physical Description:xvii, 457 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-428) and index.
ISBN:019826996X
9780198269960