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Published: 02 August 2018

476 Pages


ISBN: 9780198269960

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Vanity Fair and the Celestial City

Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800

Isabel Rivers

  • Offers the first detailed account of the writing, editing, publishing, and distribution of popular religious books by evangelical dissenters, Methodists, and Church of England evangelicals in the period 1720 to 1800
  • Brings together the methods and approaches of religious history, book history, literary history, and the history of reading
  • Discusses over two hundred writers, including Isaac Watts, Philip Doddridge, John Wesley, and John Newton
  • Explores a wide range of literary genres, including lives, devotional guides, and hymns, with much illustrative material, and provides detailed case studies of many key books
  • Clearly written and structured, easy for readers to navigate