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The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730

Paula McDowell


The period 1678–1730 was a decisive one in Western political history and in the history of the British press. Changing conditions for political expression and an expanding book trade enabled unprecedented opportunities for political activity. This book argues that women already at work in the London book trade were among the first to seize those new opportunities for public political expression. Synthesizing areas of scholarly inquiry previously regarded as separate, and offering a new model for the study of the literary marketplace, it examines not only women writers, but also women printers, ... More

Keywords: British Press, London book trade, literary marketplace, Grub Street, socioeconomic backgrounds, political activism, Dissenters, women writers, women printers, religio-political polemic

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paula McDowell, author
University of Maryland at College Park

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Part I ‘To Run One's Self into Danger’: Women and the Politics of Opposition in the London Book Trade

Part II ‘Telling the King His Faults’: Religio-Political Polemicism and Women's Public Expression

Part III ‘I Take Truth With Me When I Can Get Her’: Delarivier Manley and the Reproduction of Political Intelligence

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