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- DescriptionOVERVIEW The Pamphleteers is an investigation of the early journalism. In an era long before the advent of the periodical press, the pamphleteers were the world's proto-journalists. As a paper platform for a spectrum of religious fanatics, eccentrics, social commentators, and satirists, the pamphlet evolved as a weapon of propaganda (forged between the fledgling press and Star Chamber censorship) for powerful vested interest groups, political parties, governments - and revolutionists. The Guttenberg revolution of the Renaissance provided the spark and the Reformation of the sixteenth century the explosive fuel for the pamphleteering phemen. As the pamphlet form took root, then so English prose emerged from its antique form with an extraordinary rash of stylistic invations to embrace such unlikely postures as subversive fulmination, cod polemic, ferocious satire, and manifesto. In times of religious ferment, civil war, colonial unrest and revolution, such texts - risky or even dangerous to publish - were often the product of secret presses and anymous authors. At the other exposure, there were those who encountered that risk - and found toriety or lasting fame along the way. In the hands of a select few, the pamphlet reached a level of high achievement beyond any ordinary Grub Street reckoning. As a special focus, the narrative reveals how the early journalists were driven t so much by scandal and sensationalism at home and abroad but by major historical events on the world stage: the Reformation, the English Revolution, the War of the Spanish Succession, and the revolutions in America and in France. Along a mighty timeline, these were the great political tides that led to the birth of journalism, the periodical press, and the emergence of the fourth estate. In this brief survey, the author includes vignettes on seven pamphleteers: Robert Greene, Thomas Nashe, Thomas Dekker, John Milton, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, and culminating with the high achievement of Tom Paine. The Pamphleteers is itself a pamphlet for the digital age. ABOUT THE AUTHOR James A. Oliver is an international writer, editor, and occasional journalist. He is the author of A Footprint in the Sand, an epic political comedy inspired by the end of the Cold War, and The Anarchist's Arms, a play set in near-future London. In 2006, The Bering Strait Crossing: A 21st Century Frontier was published worldwide. In 2007, he was invited to Moscow by the Russian Academy of Scientists to discuss the subject at the inaugural ICL World Link conference. From 2007-2009, he lived and worked in Paris on the Ile Saint Louis, where he also developed the script for The Pamphleteers: The Birth of Journalism. James Oliver is presently based at a remote location for his research on The Strait of Gibraltar: antiquity to the 21st century. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
- Author BiographyJames A. Oliver is an international writer, editor, and journalist. He is also the author of A Footprint in the Sand, an epic political comedy inspired by the end of the Cold War, and The Anarchist's Arms, a play set in near-future London...The Bering Strait Crossing: A 21st Century Frontier was published worldwide in 2006. James Oliver is reported to be working on the second part of the projected trilogy Where Continents Meet trilogy.
- Author(s)James A. Oliver
- PublisherInformation Architects
- Date of Publication15/08/2010
- Place of PublicationExmouth
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintInformation Architects
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight361 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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