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The Poet and the Publisher: The Case of Alexander Pope, Esq., of Twickenham versus Edmund Curll, Bookseller in Grub Street

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The Poet and the Publisher: The Case of Alexander Pope, Esq., of Twickenham versus Edmund Curll, Bookseller in Grub Street

By  Pat Rogers
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“Drawing on deep familiarity with the period and its personalities, Rogers has given us a witty and richly detailed account of the ongoing war between the greatest poet of the eighteenth century and its most scandalous publisher.”—Leo Damrosch, author of The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
 
“What sets Rogers’s history apart is his ability to combine fastidious research with lucid, unpretentious prose. History buffs and literary-minded readers alike are in for a punchy, drama-filled treat.”—Publishers Weekly

The quarrel between the poet Alexander Pope and the publisher Edmund Curll has long been a notorious episode in the history of the book, when two remarkable figures with a gift for comedy and an immoderate dislike of each other clashed publicly and without restraint. However, it has never, until now, been chronicled in full. Ripe with the sights and smells of Hanoverian London, The Poet and Publisher details their vitriolic exchanges, drawing on previously unearthed pamphlets, newspaper articles, and advertisements, court and government records, and personal letters. The story of their battles in and out of print includes a poisoning, the pillory, numerous instances of fraud, and a landmark case in the history of copyright. The book is a forensic account of events both momentous and farcical, and it is indecently entertaining.

Pat Rogers is distinguished professor emeritus in the liberal arts at the University of South Florida and an acknowledged authority on Pope. A prolific author and editor, his books include Edmund Curll, Bookseller; A Political Biography of Alexander Pope; and the Oxford World’s Classics editions of Pope’s work.

ISBN: 9781789144161

ISBN-10: 9781789144161

Publisher: Reaktion Books

Publication Date: 07/02/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 07/02/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 448

Categories

Literary Criticism / Modern / 18th Century

History / Europe / Great Britain / Georgian Era (1714-1837)

History / Europe / Great Britain / Stuart Era (1603-1714)

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