Daniel Defoe: A Weekly Review of the Affairs of France

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  • Penny Pritchard (University of Hertfordshire)

The Review , which appeared from 19 February 1704 to 6 June 1713, is a deeply significant and in innovative work in the history of English journalism. It also serves as an invaluable and detailed record of domestic and international political history in the early eighteenth century, and provides an extensive running commentary on the culture and society of Defoe's London and his wider world. It began life as an eight-page weekly periodical but its publication frequency was increased to bi-weekly, then finally tri-weekly. At the end of its run it was appearing as a four-page octavo, divided into two columns, and published each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Whilst most of the paper was taken up with an essay by Defoe, the …

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Pritchard, Penny. "A Weekly Review of the Affairs of France". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2005; last revised 22 October 2007.
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