Robert Dodsley

Robert Dodsley, 1703–64, English publisher and author. He wrote occasional verses, and also several plays, including The King and the Miller of Mansfield (1737); a ballad opera, The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green (1741); and the tragedy Cleone (1758). He is best known, however, as the publisher of works by Pope, Johnson, Gray, and Goldsmith and as the editor of A Select Collection of Old Plays (12 vol., 1744) and A Collection of Poems by Several Hands (6 vol., 1748–58). He founded with Burke the Annual Register (1758), which still exists.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Robert Dodsley: Selected full-text books and articles

The Rise of Robert Dodsley: Creating the New Age of Print By Harry M. Solomon Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
The Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1660-1789) By George Sherburn; Donald F. Bond Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Dodsley's Collection" begins on p. 1005
A Collection of English Poems, 1660-1800 By Ronald S. Crane Harper & Brothers, 1932
Librarian’s tip: "Song" by Robert Dodsley begins on p. 665
The Bronze Treasury: An Anthology of 81 Obscure English Poets Together with Their Biographical Portraits By Harry Kemp The Macaulay Company, 1927
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Dodsley (1703-1764)" begins on p. 178
English Literature from Dryden to Burns By Alan Dugald McKillop Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1948
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Dodsley (1703-1764)" begins on p. 231
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