Aaron Hill, Poet, Dramatist, Projector (volume 45)

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V HILL AND HIS CIRCLE ABOUT 1725 From about 1720 to 1728, Hill was a more prominent figure among contemporary writers than at any subsequent time. The general situation in the literary world and the state of his private affairs were both favorable. The deaths of Addison, Prior, and Rowe, the absence of Swift from England, the preoccupation of Pope with his work of translation, made it comparatively easy for a minor author to assume a position of some consequence. Then, these were the lean years between generous patronage of men of letters by the State, and their support by the reading public. The first two Georges were notoriously indifferent to literature; and Walpole, who came to power in 1721, was so much the "poet's foe," in Swift's phrase,1 that by 1732 or 1733 most of these poets were in the ranks of the Opposition with Bolingbroke, employing every weapon of dramatic and personal satire against Walpole. Only more or less disreputable hack writers, like Henley ("Orator Henley"), Arnall, and Joseph Mitchell, were engaged to support the ministry. In neglect of poets, the nobility, with few exceptions, followed the example of the court. Thomson, in a letter to Mallet of September 20, 1729, points out the difficulty of securing subscriptions, inveighs bitterly against "some of our modern Goths" who have agreed among themselves to encourage no subscriptions whatever, under a penalty, and ends by damning "their corruption, their low taste, and all their stupid i Epistle to Mr. Gay, 1731. expense."2 It was a "fashionable expedient," according to Hill, to return the "dedicator's Gilt Book, with this short apology for not accepting it,--my Lord gives his service, and says he does not understand these matters"; probably they think themselves "under no o...

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V HILL AND HIS CIRCLE ABOUT 1725 From about 1720 to 1728, Hill was a more prominent figure among contemporary writers t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021791070X

ISBN - 13:9780217910705

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