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The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810

Thomas F. Bonnell


A publishing phenomenon began in Glasgow in 1765. Uniform pocket editions of the English Poets printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis formed the first link in a chain of literary products that has grown ever since, as we see from series like Penguin Classics and Oxford World Classics. In this book, the author explores the origins of this phenomenon, analysing more than a dozen multi-volume poetry collections that sprang from the British press over the next half century. Why such collections flourished so quickly, who published them, what forms they assumed, how they were marketed and advertised, ... More

Keywords: poetry canon, multi-volume collection, copyright law, book trade, English poetry, classics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199532209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas F. Bonnell, author
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame