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Vanity Fair and the Celestial City : dissenting, Methodist, and evangelical literary culture in England 1720-1800

Author: Isabel Rivers
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This work explores the works written, edited, abridged, and promoted by evangelical dissenters, Methodists both Arminian and Calvinist, and Church of England evangelicals in the period 1720 to 1800. Isabel Rivers also looks back to earlier sources and forward to the continued republication of many of these works well into the nineteenth century. The first part is concerned with the publishing and distribution of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Electronic version :
Rivers, Isabel.
Vanity Fair and the Celestial City.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1048402491
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Isabel Rivers
ISBN: 019826996X 9780198269960
OCLC Number: 1014458018
Awards: Winner of Honourable mention for the Richard L. Greaves Prize of the International John Bunyan Society Finalist of the 2019 PROSE Award in Theology & Religious Studies by the Association of American Publishers.
Description: xvii, 457 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I BOOKS AND THEIR READERS --
1. Principal Booksellers and Publishing Outlets --
Congregationalists --
Methodists --
Church of England Evangelicals --
Major London Dissenting Booksellers --
Booksellers for Smaller Denominations --
Provincial Printers and Booksellers --
2. Religious Societies for Distributing Books --
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 --
Appendix: Unitarian Tract Collections --
3. Reading --
Advice about Reading --
Access to Books --
Accounts of Reading --
Appendix: John Wesley's ̀Directions How to Read' --
pt. II SOURCES --
4. Nonconformist Inheritance --
Favourite Nonconformist Authors --
Richard Baxter's Practical Works --
John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress --
5. Episcopalian Inheritance --
Favourite Episcopalian Authors --
Henry Scougal's The Life of God in the Soul of Man --
6. Roman Catholic Influences --
John Wesley's Catholic Editions --
Quaker Catholic Editions --
7. North American Connexions --
Jonathan Edwards --
David Brainerd --
pt. III LITERARY KINDS --
8. Interpreting the Bible --
Advice about Bible Reading --
Biblical Adaptation and Exploitation --
Bible and the Classics --
Commentaries and Annotated Bibles --
9. Practical Works --
Sermons and Prayers --
Major Devotional Handbooks --
10. Lives and Letters --
Collections of Lives --
Letters --
Diaries and Journals --
Ministerial Lives --
Lay Lives --
11. Poems and Hymns --
Hymn Collections --
Publishing and Editing Poems and Hymns --
Uses of Hymns and Poems --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Isabel Rivers.

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