|05-06-2010, 01:50 PM||#11|
Join Date: Jun 2004
There was a lot of drivel printed as you point out, just plain drivel. Charles Dickens was one of the only English novelists that wasn't drivel, he wrote in the vernacular, and he was printed early 19th-century. Don't get too carried away condemning anything printed before the late 19th-century.
Voltaire was printed in the 18th century. Probably there was more lost to us printed in the 18th century but burned.
The political tracts are what tends to survive from England from the late-18th to the late-19th centuries. Works from Ireland? No. Works from Scotland? No. Why? Because they were burnt.