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The Correspondence of Robert Dodsley: 1733-1764

The Correspondence of Robert Dodsley: 1733-1764


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The Correspondence of Robert Dodsley 1733–1764 brings to light much previously unpublished detail for the study of eighteenth-century British literary and publishing history. It is a fully annotated edition of letters exchanged between Robert Dodsley - London's leading literary publisher of the mid eighteenth century - and his authors, members of the book trade, and friends. Numbering about four hundred pieces, the correspondence reflects the publisher's relations with such people as Edmund Burke, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, David Garrick, Thomas Gray, David Hume, Samuel Johnson, Laurence Sterne, and Horace Walpole. A lengthy introduction provides an account of Dodsley's publishing career, including his negotiations with authors and other publishers, and offers many insights into the technical and financial operation of the contemporary book trade.

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ISBN-13: 9780521522083
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/22/2004
Series: Cambridge Studies in Publishing and Printing History
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Notes on the text; Cue-titles; Chronological list of Robert Dodsley's correspondence; Alphabetical list of correspondents; Introduction; Letters; Appendixes; Index.

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