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ISBN-10: 0191535354

ISBN-13: 9780191535352

ISBN-10: 0199278989

ISBN-13: 9780199278985

Edmund Curll used to be a infamous determine one of the publishers of the early eighteenth century: for his boldness, his loss of scruple, his e-book of labor with out author's consent, and his flavor for erotic and scandalous guides. He was once in criminal difficulty on numerous events for piracy and copyright infringement, unauthorized book of the works of fellow workers, and for seditious, blasphemous, and obscene courses. He stood within the pillory in 1728 for seditious libel. mainly, he was once the consistent objective of the best poet and satirist of his age, Alexander Pope, whose paintings he pirated at any time when he may possibly and who spoke back with direct actual revenge (an emetic slipped right into a drink) and protracted malign sketch. The conflict among Pope and Curll typifies a number of the major cultural battles being waged among creativity and company. the tale has quite often been advised from the poet's standpoint, notwithstanding extra lately Curll has been celebrated as a type of literary freedom-fighter; this ebook, the 1st complete biography of Curll because Ralph Straus's The Unspeakable Curll (1927), seeks to offer a balanced and thoroughly-researched account of Curll's profession in publishing among 1706 and 1747, untangling the error and misrepresentations that experience accumulated through the years and restoring a transparent experience of standpoint to Curll's dealings within the literary market. It examines the entire variety of Curll's output, together with his remarkable antiquarian sequence, and makes use of huge archive fabric to element Curll's felony and different issues. For the 1st time, what's identified approximately this unusual, fascinating, and awkward determine is authoritatively instructed.

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Smith without Temple Bar; and sold by Cha. Smith at the Buck between the Two Temple Gates in Fleetstreet, and E. Curll at the Peacock near St. 32 22 Beginnings (1683–1706) Whatever the truth of Smith’s allegations, he went on publishing without apparent interruption, and we will have occasional cause to revert to his output. But it is clear that Curll had begun to operate as an independent bookseller by the start of 1706; Smith’s bill says that at the time of appraisal Curll was ‘but lately out of his service and apprenticeship’.

Ch Liv’d 10 Hours and is now preserv’d in spirits of Wine wch . if desired my be produced Sr . if you please to give your Self the trouble you may See the originall Letter. Sr . I rest your humble Servt . tho’ unknown Edm: Curll Liveing with Mr . Smith Bookseller in the Strand. Janry ye 18th 1702/329 This is Curll’s earliest known letter and shows him working on his relations with famous men: from the obsequious direction (‘To ye much honoured Dr Hans Beginnings (1683–1706) 21 Sloane’) to the deferential close, this is an attempt to turn a handy minor ‘wonder’ of a kind popular at the time into a serious connection with a powerful figure.

There were notable publications from Nicholas Rowe, the dramatist and poet, the critics John Dennis and Charles Gildon, the essayist Joseph Addison, the historian and poet John Oldmixon, the dramatist Susanna Centlivre, and the poets Sir Richard Blackmore, Ned Ward, William King, John Philips, and Elizabeth Rowe—all later Curll authors, whether they liked it or not. Literature was, moreover, permanently embroiled in controversy. Curll’s apprentice years coincided with the ‘Collier controversy’ about the morality of the stage in 1698, which engaged the attentions of Dryden, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Dennis over the next decade.

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