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date: 30 September 2020

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This chapter traces the relationship between Quakers and print culture from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. It investigates the ways in which the early Quaker movement took full advantage of the opportunities offered by print. It explores issues of publishing, authorship, national and international distribution networks, and the increasing central control over publishing exercised by Quaker institutional structures by the beginning of the eighteenth century. The discussion of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Quaker publishing considers deathbed testimonies and explores the ways in which improvements in printing technology and the growing move towards evangelicalism shaped the output of Quaker presses on both sides of the Atlantic. The chapter surveys the extensive production of serials and periodicals during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ends with a brief consideration of twenty-first century developments.

Keywords: Quaker, publishing, print culture, authorship, deathbed testimonies, periodicals, serial publication, distribution

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