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Jonathan Edwards’s Editors and Their Relationships with Booksellers and Printers

Jonathan M. Yeager

in Jonathan Edwards and Transatlantic Print Culture

Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9780190248062
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190248086 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190248062.003.0004
Jonathan Edwards’s Editors and Their Relationships with Booksellers and Printers

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This chapter explores the role that Edwards’s editors played in publishing books such as the first editions of A Faithful Narrative in 1737, Freedom of the Will in 1754, and Original Sin in 1758. Edwards’s distance from Boston required that he secure the services of Thomas Foxcroft, one of the town’s ministers, to act on his behalf as a literary agent and editor and to oversee the presswork. The chapter also shows how some of Edwards’s books were edited without his knowledge or control in places like Magdeburg (Germany), Utrecht, and Edinburgh by individuals such as Benjamin Colman, Isaac Watts, Gerardus Kuypers, Hugh Kennedy, the German Pietist Johann Adam Steinmetz, and John Wesley, some of whom wanted to promote Edwards’s revivalism without the inclusion of certain Calvinistic doctrines.

Keywords: Jonathan Edwards; Benjamin Colman; Isaac Watts; Johann Adam Steinmetz; Thomas Foxcroft; Gerardus Kuypers; Hugh Kennedy; John Wesley

Chapter.  13651 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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