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Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750

Christine Gerrard


During his lifetime Aaron Hill was one of the most lively cultural patrons and brokers on the London literary scene — an image hard to square with the company of undistinguished scribblers to which Pope relegated him in the Dunciad. This book aims to correct the distorted picture of the Augustan cultural scene which Pope passed down to posterity. Hill deliberately confronted Pope in his attempt to free poetry's sublime and visionary potential from the stale platitudes of neo-classical convention. An early champion of women poets, he also enjoyed close relationships with Eliza Haywood and Marth ... More

Keywords: London literary scene, Dunciad, neo-classical convention, women poets, Eliza Haywood, Martha Fowke, Samuel Richardson, Handel, theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Gerrard, author
Fellow and Tutor in English, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
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