Henry Fielding, The Covent-Garden Journal

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Pat Rogers (University of South Florida)

The Covent-Garden Journal (CGJ) was the last of four major journals for which Fielding was chiefly responsible. It ran for seventy-two issues from 4 January to 25 November 1752, at first twice weekly and then from mid-July once weekly. It differs from its predecessors not in form (a similar division is adopted between the introductory essay and various items that follow containing topical information, mostly drawn from other newspapers), but in its avoidance of partisan issues. In the first number, the author claims to “disdain any Dealing in Politics” (15). For the most part he keeps strictly to this promise, touching obliquely on parliamentary issues insofar as they may relate to legislation that deals …

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Citation: Rogers, Pat. "The Covent-Garden Journal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 October 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1166, accessed 07 February 2023.]

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