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The Oxford English Literary HistoryVolume V: 1645–1714: The Later Seventeenth Century: Companion Volume$
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Margaret J. M. Ezell

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Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780191849572.001.0001

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Periodical Publications: Journalism, Politics, and Polite Entertainment

Periodical Publications: Journalism, Politics, and Polite Entertainment

III. Periodical Publications: Journalism, Politics, and Polite Entertainment
The Oxford English Literary History

Margaret J. M. Ezell

Oxford University Press

New formats for periodical publications in this decade included the newspaper, which replaced the earlier newsbooks and handwritten subscription newsletters and which created new opportunities for journalism. In addition to news, they were also important to the development of advertising and opinion writing. While some periodicals were associated with political parties, such as the Tory Examiner for which Jonathan Swift and Delarivier Manley wrote, others such as the Athenian Mercury, the Tatler, and the Guardian were more concerned with polite entertainment and literary matters.

Keywords:   Newspapers, subscription newsletters, news, journalism, advertising, opinion writing, periodicals, Whig, Tory, the Examiner, the Athenial Mercury, the Tatler, and the Guardian

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