Robert Dodsley, The World

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The World

, which appeared weekly for four years, from 4 January 1753 to 30 December 1756, was the entrepreneurial, bookseller Robert Dodsley’s (1703-64) third venture into the potentially lucrative world of periodical publication, following on from

The Publick Register

, 1741, and

The Museum

, 1746-7 (see separate entries for both).

The World

was less ambitious in format than the two earlier publications, describing itself as a ‘paper’ rather than a ‘magazine’. Each week’s edition comprised a single essay of about 1500 words, rather than containing the range of different sections found in

The Publick Register


The Museum

. It was attractively set out with generous margins, carried no advertisements and sold for two pence an issue, compared to three pence for

The Publick

1780 words

Citation: Gordon, Ian. "The World". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 April 2008 [, accessed 21 May 2024.]

23557 The World 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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