See also:English bookseller and
See also:miscellaneous writer, was
See also:born in 1703 near Mansfield,
See also:Nottinghamshire, where his
See also:father was
See also:master of the
See also:free school . He is said to have been apprenticed to a stocking-
See also:weaver in Mansfield, from whom he ran away, taking service as a
See also:footman . In 1729
See also:Dodsley published his first
See also:work, Servitude; a Poem .. . written by a Footman, with a preface and postscript ascribed to Daniel
See also:Defoe; and a collection of
See also:short poems, A Muse in
See also:Livery, or the Footman's
See also:Miscellany, was published by subscription in 1732, Dodsley's patrons comprising many persons of high
See also:rank . This was followed by a satirical
See also:farce called The Toyshop (Covent
See also:Garden, 1735), in which the toyman indulges in moral observations on his wares, a hint which was probably taken from
See also:Randolph's Conceited Pedlar . The profits accruing from the sale of his
See also:works enabled Dodsley to establish himself with the help ofhis friends—Pope
See also:lent him £xoo—as a bookseller at the " Tully's
See also:Head " in
See also:Pall Mall in 1735 . His enterprise soon made him one of the foremost publishers of the
See also:day . One of his first publications was Dr
See also:London, for which he gave ten guineas in 1738 . He published many of Johnson's works, and he suggested and helped to
See also:finance the English
See also:Dictionary .
See also:Pope also made over to Dodsley his
See also:interest in his letters . In 1738 the publication of Paul
See also:Manners, voted scandalous by the Lords, led to a short imprisonment . Dodsley published for
See also:Young and Mark
See also:Akenside, and in 1751 brought out Thomas
See also:Elegy .
He also founded several
See also:periodicals: The Museum (1746-1767, 3 vols.); The
See also:Preceptor containing a general course of
See also:education (1748, 2 vols.), with an introduction by Dr Johnson; The
See also:World (1753-1756, 4 vols.); and The
See also:Register, founded in 1758 with Edmund Burke as editor . To these various works, Horace Walpole, Akenside, Soame
See also:Lord Lyttelton, Lord Chesterfield, Burke and others were contributors . Dodsley is, however, best known as the editor of two collections: Select Collection of Old Plays (12 vols., 1744; 2nd edition with notes by Isaac
See also:Reed, 12 vols., 1780; 4th edition, by W . C .
See also:Hazlitt, 1874-1876, 15 vols.); and A collection of Poems by Several Hands (1748, 3 vols.), which passed through many
See also:editions . In 1737 his
See also:King and the
See also:Miller of Mansfield, a " dramatic
See also:tale " of King
See also:Henry II., was produced at
See also:Drury Lane, and received with much applause; the sequel,
See also:John Cockle at
See also:Court, a farce, appeared in 1738 . In 1745 he published a collection of his dramatic works, and some poems which had been issued separately, in one
See also:volume under the modest title of Trifles . This was followed by The
See also:Triumph of Peace, a Masque occasioned by the Treaty of
See also:Aix-la-Chapelle (1749); a fragment, entitled
See also:Agriculture, of a long tedious poem in
See also:verse on Public Virtue (1753); The
See also:Beggar of Bethnal
See also:Green (acted at Drury Lane 1739, printed 1741); and an ode, Melpomene (1757) His tragedy of Cleone (1758) had a long run at Covent Garden, 2000 copies being sold on the day of publication, and it passed through four editions within the
See also:year . Lord Chesterfield is, however, almost certainly the author of the series of
See also:chronicles of which The
See also:Chronicle of the
See also:Kings of England by " Nathan
See also:ben Saddi " (1740) is the first, although they were included in the Trifles and " ben Saddi " was received as Dodsley's pseudonym . The
See also:Economy of Human
See also:Life (175o), a collection of moral precepts frequently reprinted, is also by Lord Chesterfield . In 1759 Dodsley retired, leaving the conduct of the business to his
See also:James (1724-1797), with whom he had been many years in
See also:partnership . He published two more works, The Select Fables of
See also:Aesop translated. by R .
D . (1764) and the Works of
See also:Shenstone (3 vols., 1764-1769) . He died at Durham while on a visit to his friend the Rev .
See also:Spence, on the 23rd of
See also:September 1764 . See also Shadows of the Old Booksellers, by
See also:Charles Knight (1865), pp . 189-216; " At Tully's Head " in Eighteenth Century Vignettes, 2nd series, by
See also:Austin Dobson (1894); E . Solly in The Bibliographer, v . (1884) pp . 57-61 . Dodsley's poems are reprinted with a memoir in A .
See also:Chalmers's Works of English Poets, vol. xv . (181o) .
MARCUS DODS (1834-1909)
ROGER DODSWORTH (1585-1654)
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