Robert Dodsley

Standard Name: Dodsley, Robert


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Anthologization Judith Cowper Madan
From this periodical (presumably) the poem was picked up in 1755 for the fourth volume of Dodsley 's Collection of Poetry, two months before it re-appeared in Poems by Eminent Ladies.
Anthologization Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
LMWM (with Elizabeth Carter ) was one of only two women included in Robert Dodsley 's canon-making Collection of Poems, published in March 1748.
Grundy, Isobel. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Comet of the Enlightenment. Clarendon, 1999.
Education Judith Sargent Murray
For herself, the future JSM read science, philosophy, history, and politics as well as romances.
Skemp, Sheila L. Judith Sargent Murray. A Brief Biography with Documents. Bedford Books, 1998.
At sixteen she wrote in her copy of Dodsley 's Oeconomy of Human Life, 1750: The best book...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Heyrick
Her mother, born Elizabeth Cartwright , was a remarkable woman. She became engaged to please her family, but her fiancé died. After this she visited London and stayed with the publisher Robert Dodsley . While...
Intertextuality and Influence Susanna Watts
In fact the Chinese connection was non-existent; SW was versifying and adapting Robert Dodsley 's immensely popular The Oeconomy of Human Life, and bringing out its already-existent orientalism. Her Introduction exemplifies the tone of...
Literary responses Mary Collyer
This was not to the Critical's taste. It had already this year declared its dislike of German poetry, and slammed Mary Scott 's Messiah.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
16 (1763): 393-4
Now it called Mr Collyer's translation...
Occupation Thomas Chatterton
He was apprenticed as a legal scrivener or copyist and began, using a hoard of ancient manuscripts which had been in his father's possession, to write poems and fake their physical manifestation, attributing them to...
Publishing Sarah Scott
It was published anonymously. The French original was current in England at this time, since the Duchess of Somerset (patron and poet, formerly Lady Hertford) read and enjoyed it in the year before Scott's translation...
Publishing Frances Sheridan
Publisher Robert Dodsley rejected FS 's romance Eugenia and Adelaide, which had been submitted to him through the good offices of Samuel Richardson .
Sheridan, Frances. “Introduction”. Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph, edited by Jean Coates Cleary, Patricia Köster, Jean Coates Cleary, Patricia Köster, and Jean Coates Cleary, World’s Classics, Oxford University Press, 1995.
Publishing Jane Collier
The case for JC 's part-authorship with Sarah Fielding in The Cry (finished by 19 November 1753, published on 2 March 1754)
Fielding, Henry, and Sarah Fielding. The Correspondence of Henry and Sarah Fielding. Battestin, Martin C. and Clive T. ProbynEditors , Clarendon Press, 1993.
xx, 129n2
has rested chiefly on internal evidence: the work's experimental, generically undefinable...
Textual Production Samuel Johnson
It was printed by Edward Cave and published by Robert Dodsley .
Textual Production Charlotte Lennox
Lennox made the adaptation at Garrick 's suggestion, following an unsuccessful one by Robert Dodsley decades earlier.
Carlile, Susan. Charlotte Lennox. An Independent Mind. University of Toronto Press, 2018.
An edition followed on 27 November. Lady Bute (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 's daughter) had politely...
Textual Production Judith Cowper Madan
The next edition of Dodsley 's Collection, 1758, added a poem on spleen which it attributed to JCM . But since no manuscript is known the attribution remains unlikely.
Textual Production Mary Barber
A Song by Laetitia Pilkington (which made its first appearance in the final edition of Robert Dodsley 's Collection of Poems in 1758 ascribed to Jabez Earle ) was later often mistakenly attributed to MB .
Suarez, Michael F., and Robert Dodsley, editors. “Who’s Who in Robert Dodsley’s Collection of Poems by Several Hands”. A Collection of Poems by Several Hands, Routledge/Thoemmes, 1997, pp. 120 -26.
Textual Production Elizabeth Carter
Catherine Talbot suggested to EC that she might offer Robert Dodsley some poems, anonymously, for inclusion in the forthcoming fourth volume of his very popular Collection of Poems.
Carter, Elizabeth, and Catherine Talbot. A Series of Letters between Mrs. Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot from the year 1741 to 1770. Pennington, MontaguEditor , F. C. and J. Rivington, 1809.
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Robert Dodsley , a man from the lower classes who had worked as a footman, opened his publisher's shop in Pall Mall, London.
14 January 1744
Mark Akenside published a lengthy, influential, philosophic poem in blank verse entitled The Pleasures of Imagination: the faculty which, he argues, the artist uses to apprehend and to imitate the wonders of God's creation.
18 March 1748
Robert Dodsley first offered for sale his influential Collection of Poems by Several Hands.
By November 1750
Robert Dodsley issued his successful work of homespun philosophy, The Oeconomy of Human Life, whose title-page announced it as translated from an Indian manuscript.
Francis Fawkes and William Woty published a successor to Dodsley 's famous poetryanthology: The Poetical Calendar. Containing a collection of scarce and valuable pieces of poetry.
19 February 1797
Publisher James Dodsley (much younger brother of Robert ) died worth over £60,000; Charles Dilly , who died ten years later, left about the same.