The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750
By (author) Christine Gerrard
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Aaron Hill by Christine Gerrard
Book DescriptionDuring 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 first biography 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 of neo-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 stage manager 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198183884
(242mm x 163mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christine Gerrard
Eighteenth-Century Poetry, Paperback (November 2014)
Currently the definitive text in the field and now available in an expanded third edition, Eighteenth-Century Poetry presents the rich diversity of English poetry from 1700-1800 in authoritative texts and with full scholarly annotation.
Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry, Paperback (February 2014)
Brings together 48 fresh and original contributions from practicing poets and leading scholars, who together offer critical and contextual coverage of the full range of English-language poetry in the eighteenth century. * Brings together original contributions by leading international scholars and practising poets.
Correspondence with Aaron Hill and the Hill Family, Hardback (December 2013)
First scholarly edition of Samuel Richardson's correspondence with Aaron Hill, Richardson's closest literary adviser for many years, and his daughters.
Patriot Opposition to Walpole, Hardback (December 1994)» View all books by Christine Gerrard
What did it mean to be a "Patriot" during the Walpole administration? This is a study of the so-called "Patriot" opposition to Walpole, and explores the interrelationship between patriotism, politics, and poetry between 1725 and 1742.
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Author Biography - Christine Gerrard
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 Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry.
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