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Janine Barchas Wins American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
Posted: March 29, 2007
Bookseller Edmund Curll (1683-1747) and master printer Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) each ran thriving businesses in London’s 18th-century book trade. Their reputations, however, could not be more distinct. Critical discussion vilifies the former as a Grubstreet scoundrel and lionizes the latter as a moral force. The early 18th-century book trade was, in fact, far less polarized in practice than such conventional accounts suggest. This project re- examines the early book trade (esp. marketing strategies, reading communities, the role of the Stationers’ Company, and the emerging woman writer) in light of what scholars are learning about the overlap between “high” and “low” literature – between the industry’s genteel output and so-called Grubstreet ephemera.