Robert Dodsley, Poet, Publisher & Playwright

Robert Dodsley, Poet, Publisher & Playwright

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Robert Dodsley, Poet, Publisher & Playwright

Robert Dodsley, Poet, Publisher & Playwright

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Biographies of eighteenth century worthies multiply exceedingly at the present day, and it might seem that the appearance of a life of Robert Dodsley should be heralded by an apology.Instead I prefer to quote a sentence from Isaac Reed's eulogy of the publisher‐ poet, which explains the attractiveness of such a subject. ' It was his happiness,' he says, 'to pass the greater part of his life with those whose names will be revered by posterity.' Dodsley, indeed, seems most unjustly to have escaped the historian's notice. Beyond MrTedder's article in the Dictionary of National Biography, MrAustin Dobson's entertaining vignette 'At Tully's Head,' and scattered, though useful, notes in various volumes of Notes and Queries, little if anything has of late been written about him. In his own century a few short and incorrect notices occur in the magazines, but that is all. Yet in his day he was a man who rose to considerable literary eminence, and introduced a dozen or more men of front rank to the public ; and the following pages embrace the attempt to give a deserved prominence . . .

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