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The Most Disreputable TradePublishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810$
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Thomas F. Bonnell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532209.001.0001

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John Sharpe and Alexander Chalmers: A Body of Standard English Poetry

John Sharpe and Alexander Chalmers: A Body of Standard English Poetry

(p.266) 9. John Sharpe and Alexander Chalmers: A Body of Standard English Poetry
The Most Disreputable Trade

Thomas F. Bonnell

Oxford University Press

In 1805, as Cooke brought his project to an end, John Sharpe started a series called The Works of the British Poets, extending to nearly 50 years an unbroken chain of continuity: from 1765 to 1812, from Foulis through Sharpe. An edition of Shakespeare paved the way for ‘Sharpe's Edition of The British Theatre’. He also produced ‘British Classics’ and ‘Sharpe's Select Edition of the British Prose Writers’. Sharpe's edition moved the series forward, from a canonical collection of English verse into a full supplementary anthology of minor verse and finally the Greek and Roman classics in translation. The third section of the chapter looks at engravings and vignettes, and examines the marketing logic behind them. The last part of the chapter discusses Alexander Chalmers, publisher of A General Biographical Dictionary, Glossary to Shakespeare, an edition of George Steevens's Shakespeare, and British Essayists.

Keywords:   Alexander Chalmers, John Sharpe, The Works of the British Poets, The British Theatre, British Classics, vignettes, standard English poetry, Sharpe's edition, British essayists

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