Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750 by Christine GerrardAaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750 by Christine Gerrard

Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750

byChristine Gerrard

Hardcover | August 15, 2003

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During his lifetime Aaron Hill was one of the most lively cultural patrons and brokers on the London literary scene - an image hard to square with the company of undistinguished scribblers to which Pope relegated him in the Dunciad. Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750, the firstbiography of this fascinating figure for nearly a century, aims to correct the distorted picture of the Augustan cultural scene which Pope passed down to posterity. Hill deliberately confronted Pope in his attempt to free poetry's sublime and visionary potential from the stale platitudes ofneo-classical convention. An early champion of women poets, he also enjoyed close relationships with Eliza Haywood and Martha Fowke, and brought his three writing daughters Urania, Astrea, and Minerva into close contact with his lifelong friend the novelist Samuel Richardson. In 1711 Hill, as stagemanager and librettist, introduced Handel to the English stage, as well as lobbying tirelessly for innovation in the eighteenth-century theatre. His entrepreneurial energies, directed at both commercial and cultural projects, mirror the zeitgeist of early Hanoverian Britain.
Christine Gerrard is Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Her publications include The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Poetry, Politics, and National Myth, 1725-1742 (OUP 1994) and, with Douglas Fairer, Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell 1999). She is editor of the forthcoming Blackwell C...
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Title:Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:August 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Hackney Apollo, 1685-17112. Schemes and Projects, 1712-17213. 'Heavenly Clio': the making of the Hillarian circle, 1720-17234. The 'Scorpion Haywood': the breaking of the Hillarian circle, 1723-17255. The Plain Dealer and the religious sublime, 1724-17286. 'Dipt in the Dirt': Pope, cultural politics, and Grub Street, 1728-17337. Hill and the London stage, 1731-17368. Hill, Voltaire, and Prince Frederick, 1733-17389. 'Essex man': Richardson and the Hill family, 1733-173810. Patriotism, fame, and death, 1743-1750Bibliography