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British and Commonwealth Literary Studies


Popular Literature in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain

The Robert White Collection of Chapbooks from the
University Library, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Collection

16 reels reproducing the full texts and illustrations of approximately 2000 British chapbooks printed in the 1700's and early 1800's. Chapbooks provided news, entertainment, and sensation to the poorer classes of England. They include riddles and jests, tales of moral instruction, fortune tellings, adaptations of popular ballads, and accounts of crimes and executions. A site for the cultural formation of England's rural and urban working classes, the chapbooks reflect the often conflicting efforts of reformers and entrepreneurs to shape the taste and influence the values of their readers.

Location: Green Library, Media-Microtexts

Call Number: MFILM N.S. 7636

Access: A printed guide, Popular Literature in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Britain: The Robert White Collection of Chapbooks from the University Library, Newcastle upon Tyne (shelved in Media-Microtexts, PR972.P6 1985), lists all titles in the collection and their reel numbers. Individual items are not recorded in Socrates.

Related Materials at Stanford: A group of original chapbooks is available in the Department of Special Collections. Access through Socrates; search "genre" under the heading "chapbooks" to see a list of titles and call numbers.

Last modified: July 12, 2006

     
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