William Diaper (1983 words)

Pat Rogers (University of South Florida)
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William Diaper reached the pinnacle of his short life in the years 1712–13. A young clergyman from Somerset, he had studied at Oxford before serving as a curate in the small parish of Brent near Burnham-on-Sea. There are signs that he did not find this a congenial posting, and he was glad to escape to London. There he was taken up by the Tory wits, notably Jonathan Swift and Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke. Their patronage may have helped him to gain a footing in the literary world, most obviously in finding publishers – notably Bernard Lintot, who was just beginning his association with Alexander Pope at the time, and John Morphew, who had issued Swift’s Conduct of the Allies among other works between …

Citation: Rogers, Pat. "William Diaper". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 September 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1252, accessed 22 October 2020.]

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