Overview of Joyce's Works
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Jeremiah Joyce's educational works share many distinctive features. They were all created from a combination of the commercial imperatives of the market-place, the interests of the various publishers with whom Joyce worked, and Joyce's own material needs. With Joseph Johnson, Joyce's works reflect an older perspective on education influenced by Joyce's employment with the aristocratic Earl Stanhope and the educational experimentalism of Rousseau, Richard Lovell Edgeworth and Joseph Priestley. Joyce's commissions with Phillips followed clearly defined prescriptions: Phillips's 'grammars' and Joyce's System, were textbooks written to a formula directed at the target markets of both schools and home learners, while the Wonders and the Book of Trades were fashioned for general markets and were respectable general reading. Thomas Longmans also accepted two of Joyce's own productions—Familiar Introduction which was a very general, cheap and inoffensive compendium, and Systematic Education, which was overtly Unitarian and expressed Joyce's educational programme.