The Annual Register

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The Annual Register

(1758-present day) was the final, and most successful, periodical venture of the entrepreneurial bookseller Robert Dodsley (1703-64), following on from

The Public Register


The Museum


The World

(1753-56), and

The London Chronicle

(1757). The first, five-hundred-page volume of

The Annual Register

, or

A View of the History, Politicsand Literature for the Year 1758

, to give it its full title, with the twenty-nine-year-old Edmund Burke (1730-97) as its anonymous editor, was published on 15 May 1759. This was a periodical on a far grander scale than anything Robert Dodsley had previously ventured. Dodsley had by this time gone into partnership with his younger brother, James. Their aim was to publish annually a compendium of the main historical, political…

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Citation: Gordon, Ian. "The Annual Register". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2008 [, accessed 21 May 2024.]

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