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The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks 1641-1649

Joad Raymond


The first weekly English newsbooks appeared in November 1641, on the eve of the civil war. Though they provoked animosity and fanned the flames of civil war, they have survived almost without interruption to the present day, transformed into the modern newspaper. This book is the first detailed account of the origins and early development of the English newspaper, using a wealth of new evidence to show the causes of the first newsbooks, and their many and complex roles in the turbulent society in which they participated. Newsbooks were widely read and exerted considerable influence not only ov ... More

Keywords: English newsbooks, civil war, English newspaper, news perception, literary criticism, print culture, news periodical, commercial enterprise, communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282340
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joad Raymond, author
Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of East Anglia