The rise of Robert Dodsley : creating the new age of print /
Harry M. Solomon.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1996.
ix, 339 p. ; 24 cm.
080931651X (cloth : alk. paper)
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1996.
080931651X (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-331) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-11-01:
In recent decades aspects of the career of London bookseller Robert Dodsley (1704-64) have been the subject of numerous articles and were elucidated by James Tierney's excellent 1989 edition of his correspondence (CH, Feb'90), but this is the first full biography since that of Ralph Straus (Robert Dodsley, Poet, Publisher & Playwright, 1910). No one interested in 18th-century England and its literature could fail to be enlightened by Solomon's thoroughly researched and readable account of Dodsley's beginnings as a footman, Alexander Pope's mentorship, Dodsley's own widely popular writings and canon-making editions of plays and poetry, the advantageous location of his Tully's Head bookshop in Pall Mall, the periodicals he produced, his literary and political friendships, his entrepreneurial abilities, or his influence on Johnson's dictionary and Lowth's grammar. Crammed with contextual information, contemporary quotations, and good footnotes, and placing its subject in the literary and publishing culture of his time, this attractively designed production should be in most academic libraries. E. A. Swaim Wesleyan University
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"I doubt whether Dodsley's brother would th
"I doubt whether Dodsley's brother would thank a man who should write his life, yet Dodsley himself was not unwilling that his original low condition should be recollected. When Lord Lyttelton'sDialogues of the Deadcame out, one of which is between Apicius, an ancient epicure, and Dartineuf, a modern epicure, Dodsley said to me, 'I knew Dartineuf well, for I was once his footman.'" Samuel Johnson, from Boswell'sLife of Johnson
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Apology: ""Dodsley's Life Should Be Written""p. 1
From Sherwood to the Great City 1704-1732p. 7
Patron and Play 1733-1737p. 29
Dodsley in the Dock 1738-1741p. 63
Creating Canons 1741-1748p. 88
The Academy of Tully's Head 1748-1751p. 118
Running the World 1751-1756p. 145
Poor Cleone 1756-1758p. 174
Among Friends 1759-1764p. 216
Epilogue: ""A Time Might Be""p. 256
Notes Selected Bibliography Indexp. 267
Notesp. 269
Selected Bibliographyp. 325
Indexp. 333
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