By Paul Baines,Pat Rogers

Edmund Curll was once a infamous determine one of the publishers of the early eighteenth century: for his boldness, his loss of scruple, his e-book of labor with no author's consent, and his style for erotic and scandalous courses. He was once in felony difficulty on numerous events for piracy and copyright infringement, unauthorized book of the works of work-mates, and for seditious, blasphemous, and obscene courses. He stood within the pillory in 1728 for seditious libel. particularly, he was once the consistent goal of the best poet and satirist of his age, Alexander Pope, whose paintings he pirated every time he may and who answered with direct actual revenge (an emetic slipped right into a drink) and protracted malign sketch. The battle among Pope and Curll typifies many of the major cultural battles being waged among creativity and enterprise. the tale has quite often been advised from the poet's perspective, although extra lately Curll has been celebrated as a type of literary freedom-fighter; this publication, the 1st complete biography of Curll due to the fact that Ralph Straus's The Unspeakable Curll (1927), seeks to provide a balanced and thoroughly-researched account of Curll's occupation in publishing among 1706 and 1747, untangling the blunders and misrepresentations that experience collected through the years and restoring a transparent experience of standpoint to Curll's dealings within the literary market. It examines the total variety of Curll's output, together with his striking antiquarian sequence, and makes use of huge archive fabric to aspect Curll's felony and different problems. For the 1st time, what's recognized approximately this unusual, fascinating, and awkward determine is authoritatively told.

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