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Author McIntosh, Carey.
Title The evolution of English prose, 1700-1800 : style, politeness, and print culture / Carey McIntosh.
Imprint Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Subject English prose literature -- History and criticism.
Women -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History.
Literature publishing -- Great Britain -- History.
Written communication -- Great Britain -- History.
Literacy -- Great Britain -- History.
English language -- Rhetoric.
English language -- Style.
Courtesy in literature.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 276 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-267) and index.
Contents 1. The ordering of English. Hypotheses, contexts. Approaches. Cultural insecurity in the early eighteenth century. Cultural complacency in the later eighteenth century -- 2. Literacy and politeness: the gentrification of English prose. Early eighteenth-century prose. Late eighteenth-century prose. Orality and writtenness. Microscope and telescope -- 3. Testing the model. Defoe and Paine. Pope and Wordsworth. Astell and Wollstonecraft. Jonathan Swift. Edmund Burke. Shaftesbury -- 4. Loose and periodic sentences. What makes a sentence periodic? The domains of periodicity. Defoe and the syntax of accumulation. Joseph Addison -- 5. Lofty language and low. James Boswell. Decorum and genre and Boswell's Life.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0511005954 (electronic bk.)
9780511005954 (electronic bk.)
0521624320 (hardback)
OCLC # 47010457
Additional Format Print version: McIntosh, Carey. Evolution of English prose, 1700-1800. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998 0521624320 (DLC) 97040963 (OCoLC)37761896