John Newbery

(1713—1767) publisher

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publisher and bookseller, who established himself in 1744 in St Paul's Churchyard, and was one of the earliest and best‐known publishers of children's books. He produced and partly wrote many books of riddles, fables, stories, etc. Goldsmith was one of his authors and may have written Goody Two‐Shoes for him: he contributed his Chinese Letters (later The Citizen of the World) to Newbery's The Public Ledger. He was a friend of Dr Johnson and appears as ‘Jack Whirler’ in the Idler, and as ‘the philanthropic bookseller’ in The Vicar of Wakefield.

Subjects: Literature.

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