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Aaron HillThe Muses' Projector, 1685-1750$
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Christine Gerrard

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183884.001.0001

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The Plain Dealer and the Religious Sublime, 1724–1728

The Plain Dealer and the Religious Sublime, 1724–1728

(p.102) 5 The Plain Dealer and the Religious Sublime, 1724–1728
Aaron Hill


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This chapter discusses the Plain Dealer and the religious sublime from 1724 to 1728. The Plain Dealer appeared between March 23, 1724 and May 7, 1725 — the very time that Savage's Miscellany was going through publication. If the Miscellany embodies the emotional dynamics of the Hillarian Circle, the Plain Dealer supplies a far clearer barometer of its broader literary and social concerns. Hill begun the paper as a charitable gesture and launched the paper less to make money than to advertise the work of his friends and to showcase new literary talent. One prominent thread was its middle-class prioritisation of inherent rather than inherited gentility. At least ten Plain Dealer issues discuss the role of women in society and women as writers, and several others adopt the question-and-answer format of the British Apollo to answer cases of conscience posed by letter-writers concerning courtship and marriage.

Keywords:   Plain Dealer, Savage, Miscellany, Hillarian Circle, women in society, gentility

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