Edmund Curll, Bookseller by Paul BainesEdmund Curll, Bookseller by Paul Baines

Edmund Curll, Bookseller

byPaul Baines, Pat Rogers

Hardcover | February 25, 2007

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Edmund Curll was a notorious figure among the publishers of the early eighteenth century: for his boldness, his lack of scruple, his publication of work without author's consent, and his taste for erotic and scandalous publications. He was in legal trouble on several occasions for piracy andcopyright infringement, unauthorised publication of the works of peers, and for seditious, blasphemous, and obscene publications. He stood in the pillory in 1728 for seditious libel. Above all, he was the constant target of the greatest poet and satirist of his age, Alexander Pope, whose work hepirated whenever he could and who responded with direct physical revenge (an emetic slipped into a drink) and persistent malign caricature. The war between Pope and Curll typifies some of the main cultural battles being waged between creativity and business. The story has normally been told from thepoet's point of view, though more recently Curll has been celebrated as a kind of literary freedom-fighter; this book, the first full biography of Curll since Ralph Straus's iThe Unspeakable Curll/i (1927), seeks to give a balanced and thoroughly-researched account of Curll's career in publishingbetween 1706 and 1747, untangling the mistakes and misrepresentations that have accrued over the years and restoring a clear sense of perspective to Curll's dealings in the literary marketplace. It examines the full range of Curll's output, including his notable antiquarian series, and usesextensive archive material to detail Curll's legal and other troubles. For the first time, what is known about this strange, interesting, and awkward figure is authoritatively told.
Paul Baines graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1983 and was awarded a PhD by the University of Bristol in 1998. He has held posts at the University of London and St. John's College Oxford and has taught at the University of Liverpool since 1990. Pat Rogers, DeBartolo Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of South ...
Title:Edmund Curll, BooksellerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:February 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199278989

ISBN - 13:9780199278985

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Beginnings: 1683-17062. In Business: 1707-17103. The Four Last Years of Queen Anne: 1710-17144. Trading Blows: 1714-17165. The Devil's Scout: 1716-17186. Curlicism Displayed: 1717-17207. Antiquities and Politics: 1717-17228. Trials: 1722-17289. Tribulations: 1726-172810. iThe Dunciad/i: 1728-173011. Going it Alone: 1728-173212. Covent Garden Drollery: 1732-173413. Mr Pope's Literary Correspondence: 1734-173614. Gold from Dirt: 1737-174215. Closing the Books: 1741-1747AfterwordAppendix 1: Curll's WillAppendix 2: Curll's Payments to Authors