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Culture and Society, by Raymond Williams, 1958. How the notion of culture was developed in 18th, 19th and 20th century writing.

Raymond Williams made his reputation with Culture and Society, published in 1958 and an immediate success. It was regarded as having overturned conventional social and historical thinking about culture. It argues that the notion of culture developed in response to the industrial revolution and the social and political changes it brought in its wake.

This is done through a series of studies of famous British writers and essayists; beginning with Edmund Burke and William Cobbett and also looking at William Blake, William Wordsworth etc. Continuing as far as F.R. Leavis, George Orwell and Christopher Caudwell.

The book is still in print, in several editions. It has also been translated into many foreign languages.

See also

Keywords, a 1976 work that was originally intended to be an appendix to Culture and Society.

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