By Dustin Griffin
The ebook is equipped either chronologically and topically. Early chapters take care of writers – particularly Milton and Dryden – at the start of the lengthy eighteenth century, and later chapters concentration extra on writers -- between them Johnson, grey, and Gibbon -- towards its finish. having a look past the normal canon, it considers a few little-known or little-studied writers, together with Richard Bentley, Thomas Birch, William Oldys, James Ralph, and Thomas Ruddiman. a few of the essays are equipped round a unmarried author, yet such a lot take care of a vast subject – literary collaboration, literary careers, the republic of letters, the alleged upward thrust of the “professional writer,” and the fairly diverse determine of the “author through profession.”
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