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Prince of Dublin Printers

Prince of Dublin Printers: The Letters of George Faulkner

Robert E. Ward
Copyright Date: 1972
Pages: 160
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt130j102
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    Prince of Dublin Printers
    Book Description:

    Here for the first time are gathered together the extant letters of George Faulkner, Irish printer in eighteenth-century Dublin. These firsthand accounts give an unprecedented view of Anglo-Irish social and political events, as well as a view of an Anglo-Irish printer-publisher at work.

    Faulkner discusses a wide range of subjects, including theatrical events, attacks on political enemies (he himself was often the subject of political attack), and London parties with Lord Chesterfield, Tobias Smollet, and Samuel Johnson.

    In his interesting sketch of the Irish printer, Robert E. Ward has included excerpts from Faulkner's Dublin Journal which show the ambiguity in Irish life -- violence, on the one hand, and, on the other, light-hearted entertainment. Other articles from his newspaper show Faulkner's attempts to steer a neutral course between English and Irish politics.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6531-8
    Subjects: History, Language & Literature, Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
  4. A Sketch of George Faulkner
    (pp. 1-34)

    George Faulkner’s Dublin was a city of grandeur, music, and dramatic activity; in contrast it was also a city of filth, violence, and vice. For fifty years (1725–1775) Faulkner’sDublin Journalmirrored all the magnificence, turbulence, gaiety, and heartbreak of eighteenth-century Dublin. The city’s love of show reached its culmination in the viceregal pomp of celebration when all Dublin followed the Lord Lieutenant (Faulkner’s friend, the Earl of Chesterfield) in celebration of the king’s birthday. George Faulkner described the decorations for the birthday of George II on 30 October 1745:

    The Square of the Castle being finely painted new...

  5. The Letters of George Faulkner
    (pp. 35-122)
  6. Eulogy for George Faulkner
    (pp. 123-126)

    It is with peculiar Satisfaction the Author of this little Piece can draw a Character of a Man without being suspected of interested Views or the Truth of his Colouring called in Question; for few Authors choose to flatter the Dead but pay their Court to the Living; A few Bards are so impolite as not to hail the rising Sun–George Faulkner was an Honour to his Profession, nay, the Ornament of Humanity. At his Table [decent] Wit and chastised Mirth took their Place. His Guests were the Friends of Literature, the great Officers of the State, and the...

  7. Notes
    (pp. 127-136)
  8. Bibliography
    (pp. 137-140)
  9. Index
    (pp. 141-144)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 145-145)