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date: 07 December 2019

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Book reviewing as we know it began in the middle of the eighteenth century with the Monthly Review, and rapidly progressed from merely providing potential readers with information about their choices to acting as “tasters to the public.” The new ethos, as reviewers advised talentless poets to stop publishing, created a widespread sense that the literary world was at war with itself, and led to accusations that the reviewers were themselves corrupt. Paying attention to these squabbles gives us an unfamiliar perspective on the literary culture of the era, and gives us insights into the development of the relationship between poets and their readers.

Keywords: poetry, criticism, reviews, magazines

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