The Poet and the Publisher

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

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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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781789144161
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.5
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 900g
Height: 164mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 45mm