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The house of forgery in eighteenth-century Britain /
Paul Baines.
imprint
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, 1999.
description
viii, 195, [1] p.
ISBN
184014601X (acid-free paper)
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imprint
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, 1999.
isbn
184014601X (acid-free paper)
contents note
An age of forgery.-- Script and scripture.-- Ward, Crook and Company.-- 'Man's first disobedience': Lauder, Johnson, and literary crime.-- Johnson, Ossian and the Highland tour.-- The many lives of Doctor Dodd.-- 'All of the house of forgery': Chatterton, Walpole and antiquarian commerce.-- Epilogue: The hand and seal of William Shakespeare.
local note
Fisher copy: With a dust jacket.
catalogue key
2746923
 
Gift; Ronald Cohen; 2015; RB320899.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
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Based on a large body of diverse source material, this study offers a balanced interdisciplinary account of literary and criminal forgery as they were practised, constructed & theorised in the 18th century alongside currency in all its forms.
Long Description
This book offers a balanced interdisciplinary account of literary and criminal forgery as they were practised, constructed and theorised in the eighteenth century as a corollary of the new documents of the financial revolution: banknotes, bills of exchange and promissory notes. The book surveys the crime and its mythology, placing well-known cases such as that of Dr William Dodd within the pattern of 400 prosecutions from the period 1715-1780. In parallel, accounts of some major instances of literary forgery are rooted in a more pervasive culture in which 'forgery' was discovered in many developing areas of literary practice: scholarly editing, historiography and antiquarianism. One surprising aspect of this study is the extent to which literary figures were involved in matters of criminal as well as literary forgery. It is suggested that the two kinds of forgery have unexpected connections with each other through the economy of literature which, following the development of copyright, regarded the signature of authorship as the legal site of literary authenticity, and through the economic and legal culture of forgery prosecutions, in which bogus 'writing' came to signify a whole range of problems of personal and literary character.The study is based on a very large body of diverse material, from major texts such as The Dunciad and Lives of the English Poets to hundreds of minor poems, controversial pamphlets, criminal biographies, newspapers, legal records and manuscripts.
Table of Contents
Short titles
Introduction
An age of forgery
Scripts and scripture
Ward, Crook and company
'Man's first disobedience': Lauder, Johnson, and literary crime
Johnson, Ossian and the highland tour
The many lives of Doctor Dodd
'All of the house of forgery': Chatterton, Walpole, and antiquarian commerce
Epilogue: The hand and seal of William Shakespeare
Appendix: tables and graphs
Index
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