English newspapers developed from a newsbook format in 1622 to a single sheet printed in two columns both sides in 1665.
Next came the “Coffee House Papers” of Richard Steele (The Tatler 1709-1711) and Joseph Addison (The Spectator 1711-1714) printed in two columns on both sides of a folio halfsheet.
Samuel Johnson’s biweekly The Rambler (1750–1752, 6pp without columns), began the most successful decade of his career.
He wrote over 200 of the 208 numbers, and notorious for delivering at the last minute, stories abound of his finishing an essay while the printer’s devil (a scruffy ink-stained urchin) waited by his desk.
After difficulty choosing a title, he was happy with The Rambler, although Boswell says that he was less happy with the Italian version ‘Il Vagabondo’.
While, his essays were far more serious than the witty works of Addison, Johnson himself ranked them highly, commenting “My other works are wine and water; but my Rambler is pure wine.”
Johnson’s motivation for The Rambler was keeping the wolf from the door (“No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money”). He was in his 40s, working on his Dictionary, and had little regular income. He was paid two guineas for each paper.
At first The Rambler sold only 500 copies an issue, but it was widely reprinted in provincial newspapers and a great success after being revised and reissued, in volume form in 1753.
- Boek gerelateerd object
- Aantal boeken
- Filosofie, Literatuur, Sociologie
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Samuel Johnson
- THE RAMBLER
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- Eerste druk
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- 297×185 mm