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Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800

Isabel Rivers


In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the pilgrims cannot reach the Celestial City without passing through Vanity Fair, where everything is bought and sold. In recent years there has been much analysis of commerce and consumption in Britain during the long eighteenth century, and of the dramatic expansion of popular publishing. Similarly, much has been written on the extraordinary effects of the evangelical revivals of the eighteenth century in Britain, Europe, and North America. But how did popular religious culture and the world of print interact? What religious books were read, and how? ... More

Keywords: popular religious culture, Protestant dissenters, Methodists, Church of England evangelicals, publishing, distribution, religious books, readers, sources, literary kinds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269960
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198269960.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabel Rivers, author
Queen Mary University of London, Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Culture