Pen and Print: communication in the eighteenth century

Caroline Archer, Malcolm Dick

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    In his preface to Paradise Lost (1758), John Baskerville, writing master and printer, described himself as ?an admirer of the beauty of letters? with a practical interest in the relationship between the written and printed word. This proposal takes his phrase as a starting point to explore different dimensions surrounding the production, distribution and consumption of both private and public letters, words and texts during the long eighteenth century (c. 1688-1820). In combination, the proposed papers consider how the processes of both writing and printing contributed to the creation of cultural identity and taste, assisted in the spread of knowledge and furthered both personal and national political, economic, social and cultural change in Britain and the wider world. Collectively the papers provide an original narrative on the nature of communication in the eighteenth century and together they bring fresh perspectives on printing history, print culture and the literate society of the Enlightenment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLiverpool
    PublisherLiverpool University Press
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 30 Sept 2020

    Publication series

    NameEighteenth Century Worlds


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