"D'ye laugh Reader? Why e'en much good may it
Thus begins John Dunton's 1691 novel A Voyage Round the World.
As a publisher John Dunton was an innovator - producing the first Question and Answer periodical as well as the first periodical directed at women. His interests ranged across politics, religion, literature and science.
He was also an indefatigable writer whose output was exceeded perhaps only by Daniel Defoe's. His works are an invaluable resource to scholars of early modern print culture and the long 18th century. His partially autobiographical novel A Voyage Round the World was a precursor of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy and even more misunderstood.
So why is he so little known?
You've come to the
John Dunton Homepage
devoted to not only
the man himself but to publishing and bookselling in the late seventeenth
and early eighteenth century. The book explosion of the period bears some
striking resemblances to our own cybermania and has a lot to tell us. If
"Exit bookseller. Enter author to play all the
A brief biography of Dunton to
A bibliography of secondary sources on
And, for more information on the family, visit the
Dunton Family Homesite. I
cannot think of anything more appropriate than Dunton's descendants
publishing on the web.
A chronological bibliography of Dunton's
Almost none of Dunton's works are available in reliable modern editions with the exception of a recent edition(1999) of The Dublin Scuffle with an introduction by Andrew Carpenter. It is unfortunately expensive and not easily obtained.
The Art of Living Incognito is available through the Early English Books OnLine. This is a subscription only site. Check with your home institution or research library to see if they subscribe.
Until more of Dunton's works make it back into print, here are links to some of his shorter pieces. Please note, this is not necessarily a good, nor fair, representation of Dunton's voluminous output.
Bookselling and publishing and early print culture sites.
Society for the History of
Authorship, Reading and Publishing.
Restoration Print Culture
Media History Project
Early Modern Resources - The Long 18th Century
English Language and Literature Research Guide
Resources on early prose fiction and narrative theory.
18th Century English Novel Research Guide
Bibliography on the Novel
And finally, some connections to cyberculture, media studies and
Voice of the
Shuttle's Cyberculture page.
The Electronic Labyrinth
Last updated March 2006
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