Quakers and the Culture of Print in the 1650s

Kate Peters

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Quakers and the Culture of Print in the 1650s

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This article examines Quaker publishing in the 1650s. From a handful of publications in 1652, Quaker preachers rapidly identified printed pamphlets as an important facet of their proselytizing mission. More than 100 Quaker titles were published in 1655, and nearly 400 pamphlets were published during the intense political excitement of 1659–60. It is argued that a detailed understanding of how Quakers used the press can tell us much about the impact and insinuation of print into English society more broadly in the 1650s; and that the essentially dialogic nature of the Quakers' writing should challenge a prevailing view of the Quakers as eccentric, unsettling outsiders.

Keywords: Quakers; publishing; printed pamphlets; English society

Article.  11395 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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