The Life of the English Poet Leonard Welsted (1688-1747): The Culture and Politics of Britain's Eighteenth-Century Literary Wars

The Life of the English Poet Leonard Welsted (1688-1747): The Culture and Politics of Britain's Eighteenth-Century Literary Wars

By: James Sambrook (author)Hardback

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This is the first study on poet Leonard Welsted since Daniel Fineman's work written in 1950. The book seeks to offer a more balanced account of Welsted's career and his worth in light of new material that has come to light since Fineman wrote. This is a wonderfully written brief account of Welsted's life that will capture the interest of eighteenth-century literary students and those interested in cultural politics Leonard Welsted (1688-1747) is known today only as the dehumanized victim of Alexander Pope's satire. This study, the first since Daniel Fineman's Leonard Welsted, Gentleman Poet of the Augustan Age (1950), seeks to reinstate the real man and offer a balanced account of Welsted's career and worth in the light of new material that has come to light since Fineman wrote: such as the Duke of Chandos' letter books, marriage registers, and notably Welsted's unpublished poems in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection at the University of Nottingham, which supply a quite new narrative of the early development of his poetry and politics. More to the point, the study of cultural politics in the early eighteenth century has advanced in the sixty years since Fineman wrote. In particular, there is now a far more nuanced view of literary patronage than the traditional one dominated by Johnson's famous letter to the Earl of Chesterfield. Welsted is one of those Whig poets who were in the past written out of literary history except as hacks or dunces but it is now worth looking at him again as a case history of an educated gentleman of slender means, and slender but distinct talent, attempting to make his way in the combative profession of letters. Therefore, I hope that a brief account of his life beyond the pages of The Dunciad might be of some interest to students of eighteenth century literature and cultural politics.

Contents

Foreword by William R. Jones; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Chapters:; 1. Youth, Harley, and Longinus: 1688-1712; 2. Steele, Ambrose Philips, and other Hanoverians: 1712-23; 3. A place, Epistles, Odes, &c., theatre work, and Horace: 1724-27; 4. At war with Pope: 1728-33; 5. Last years: 1733-47: and later; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773400498
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 188
  • ID: 9780773400498
  • ISBN10: 0773400494

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