Robert Dodsley

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Robert Dodsley (1704-64), poet, playwright, prose writer and publisher, is one of the twenty-first century’s most unduly neglected, eighteenth-century, English, literary figures. He has considerable claims to be regarded as the person who did more to oversee and change literary taste in mid-eighteenth-century England than any other as well as to establish changes in the literary market place. He first made his mark on the literary scene as a poet, lionised in aristocratic circles for his unusual social position, for an author, as a footman. His first collection of poems, A Muse in Livery, published in January 1732, exploited this role and led on to his ballad opera, The Footman (modelled on Gay’s The Beggar�…

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Gordon, Ian. "Robert Dodsley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 November 2005
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Dodsley's works

  1. A Collection of Poems by Several Hands
  2. A Select Collection of Old Plays
  3. Cleone
  4. Melpomene or The Regions of Terror and Pity An Ode
  5. Select Fables of Aesop and Other Fabulists [Select Fables of Aesop and Other Fabulists]
  6. The King and the Miller of Mansfield
  7. The Muse in Livery: A Collection of Poems
  8. The Museum: Or, The Literary and Historical Register
  9. The Oeconomy of Human Life
  10. The Publick Register: Or, The Weekly Magazine
  11. The Toy-Shop
  12. The World