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Moral Weeklies of the 18th Century
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The moral weekly was a type of periodical characteristic of the 18th century; its aim was to promote civil virtue and rational humanitarianism in an instructive and entertaining format. Such publications were characterized by an original title, weekly appearance, a variety of journalistic and literary forms, moral and didactic content, avoidance of topicality, anonymous or pseudonymous authorship, and involvement of the reader. The English moral weeklies published by Richard Steele and Joseph Addison – The Tatler (1709–1711), The Spectator (1711–1712, 1714)…

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Spehr, Christopher, “Moral Weeklies of the 18th Century”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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