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‘The Public Mind Might Be Diverted’: The Religious Tract Society

Joseph McAleer

in Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914–1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203292
eISBN:
9780191675843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203292.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

D. C. Thomson and the Religious Tract Society had much in common. Both firms enjoyed immediate success as publishers of popular magazines. In the field of boys' papers they were rivals to some ... More


Religion and the Great Exhibition of 1851

Geoffrey Cantor

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199596676
eISBN:
9780191725685
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596676.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Church History, Religion and Society

New research challenges the standard portrayal of the Great Exhibition as a manifestly secular event confined to celebrating the success of science, technology, and manufacturing. This innovative ... More


Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914–1950

Joseph McAleer

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203292
eISBN:
9780191675843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203292.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Before the advent of television, reading was among the most popular of leisure activities. ‘Light’ fiction — romances, thrillers, westerns — was the sustenance of millions in wartime and in peace. ... More


Religious Organizations

Geoffrey Cantor

in Religion and the Great Exhibition of 1851

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199596676
eISBN:
9780191725685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596676.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Church History, Religion and Society

This chapter charts the immense efforts made by several religious organizations, including missionary societies, to engage with the large numbers of visitors expected in London, Their activities ... More


Religious Societies for Distributing Books

Isabel Rivers

in Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198269960
eISBN:
9780191851209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198269960.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, History of Christianity

This chapter traces the beginning and development of tract publication and distribution from the later seventeenth through to the early nineteenth centuries, with accounts in chronological order of ... More


Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain

Aileen Fyfe

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226276472
eISBN:
9780226276465
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Threatened by the proliferation of cheap, mass-produced publications, the Religious Tract Society issued a series of publications on popular science during the 1840s. The books were intended to ... More


Hawking the Gospel: Evangelical Means in the Marketplace

Joseph Stubenrauch

in The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198783374
eISBN:
9780191826290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783374.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

From its foundation in 1799 to its jubilee in 1849, the London Religious Tract Society (RTS) produced nearly half a billion tracts, broadsheets, and handbills. By the 1860s, the society was producing ... More


“Sprung up like the Gas Lights”: Urbanization, Trade Networks, and Mobility

Joseph Stubenrauch

in The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198783374
eISBN:
9780191826290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783374.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Britain experienced a rapid increase in the tempo of urbanization after the 1780s. Many cities tripled or quadrupled in size during this time period. Simultaneously, turnpike roads, canals, and ... More


Introduction

Joseph McAleer

in Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914–1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203292
eISBN:
9780191675843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203292.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This book is concerned with the reading public which Wilkie Collins and George Orwell tried to describe, during the period when Orwell wrote and which Collins would have recognised: from 1914 until ... More


The Techniques of Evangelical Publishing

in Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226276472
eISBN:
9780226276465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Producing popular science works involved acquiring suitable manuscripts, turning them into printed works as cheaply as possible, and arranging for them to be marketed and distributed as effectively ... More


An Anglican Evangelical’s Sermon

Charles Simeon

in Early Evangelicalism: A Reader

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199916955
eISBN:
9780190258368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.003.0060
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter presents excerpts from The Gospel Message (1796) by Charles Simeon, a prominent evangelical in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Simeon gained a reputation for extreme ... More


Reinterpreting Science

in Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226276472
eISBN:
9780226276465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The whole point of the Religious Tract Society's (RTS) involvement in secular publishing was to demonstrate that subjects like history or the sciences could and should be presented alongside ... More


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