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Judging New Wealth: Popular Publishing and Responses to Commerce in England, 1750–1800

James Raven


This book explores popular literature and the book trade in the second half of the 18th century. Based on intensive research into the production and sale of literature ranging from novels and magazines to courtesy books and fashionable tracts, the book examines the representation of the newly wealthy. This book challenges the notion that prejudice against the businessman was a late 19th-century phenomenon. It shows how, during a period of often bewildering change and instability, a competitive literature industry led reaction against excessive consumer spending, contributed to the definition o ... More

Keywords: book trade, novels, magazines, courtesy books, wealthy, literature, consumer spending, tradesmen, 18th century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Raven, author
Magdalene College, Cambridge