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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820sThe Long Eighteenth Century$
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Jennie Batchelor and Manushag N. Powell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419659

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.001.0001

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‘A moral paper! And how do you expect to get money by it?’: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Journalism

‘A moral paper! And how do you expect to get money by it?’: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Journalism

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(p.165) 10 ‘A moral paper! And how do you expect to get money by it?’: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Journalism
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s
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Isobel Grundy

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.003.0011

A standout example for the earliness of her periodical work, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu cut her journalistic teeth in secret with contributions to the Spectator and Flying-Post before launching her own venture, the Whiggish Nonsense of Commonsense (1737–8), intended to oppose the popular Opposition vehicle Common Sense (1737–9). Grundy offers a detailed exploration of Montagu’s periodical career, which is defined by her allegiances, often in tension, to her identity as a woman and as a member of the aristocracy—as well as a wish for literary fame that was at odds with both sides. Her male eidolon in Nonsense in particular is a study in contrasts: economically minded, politically suspicious, but also alert to gender issues and sympathetic to women in a way that the periodical culture set by titles such as the Spectator or Common Sense was not.

Keywords:   Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, women writers, women editors, politics, Nonsense of Commonsense, Common Sense, Spectator

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