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Vanity Fair and the Celestial CityDissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800$
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Isabel Rivers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198269960.001.0001

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Religious Societies for Distributing Books

Religious Societies for Distributing Books

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(p.42) 2 Religious Societies for Distributing Books
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Vanity Fair and the Celestial City
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Isabel Rivers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198269960.003.0003

This chapter traces the beginning and development of tract publication and distribution from the later seventeenth through to the early nineteenth centuries, with accounts in chronological order of the aims, methods, membership, and publications of six societies: the Welsh Trust, an early example of nonconformists and conformists cooperating; the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, a Church of England society, the largest and most long-lasting of those analysed; the interdenominational and evangelical Society for Promoting Religious Knowledge among the Poor; John Wesley’s Society for Distributing Religious Tracts among the Poor; the Unitarian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; and the Religious Tract Society.

Keywords:   Welsh Trust, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Society for Promoting Religious Knowledge among the Poor, Society for Distributing Religious Tracts among the Poor, Unitarian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Religious Tract Society

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