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A Political Biography of John Gay

A Political Biography of John Gay

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Sandro Jung
December 01, 2020

John Gay was a dramatist and poet, best-known for writing The Beggar's Opera. Through his membership of the Scriblerus Club, Gay developed lasting friendships with Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift and John Arbuthnot, all of whom influenced his writing. The study will be invaluable to scholars of ...

A Political Biography of Sarah Fielding

A Political Biography of Sarah Fielding

1st Edition

By Christopher D Johnson
June 07, 2017

A Political Biography of Sarah Fielding provides the most complete discussion of Fielding’s works and career currently available. Tracing the development of Fielding’s artistic and instructive agendas from her earliest publications forward, Johnson presents a compelling portrait of a deeply read ...

A Political Biography of Alexander Pope

A Political Biography of Alexander Pope

1st Edition

By Pat Rogers
January 21, 2016

This is the first study to assess the entire career of Alexander Pope (1688–1744) in relation to the political issues of his time....

A Political Biography of Daniel Defoe

A Political Biography of Daniel Defoe

1st Edition

By P N Furbank, W.R. Owens
January 21, 2016

Furbank and Owens attempt to disentangle the story of Daniel Defoe’s political career, as journalist, polemicist, political theorist and secret agent. They argue that this remarkable career calls for a good deal of rethinking, not least because biography and bibliography are here inextricably ...

A Political Biography of Delarivier Manley

A Political Biography of Delarivier Manley

1st Edition

By Rachel Carnell
January 21, 2016

A Tory pamphleteer, playwright and satirical historian, Delarivier Manley was regarded by her contemporaries Jonathan Swift and Robert Harley as a key member of the Tory propaganda team. This biography offers details about her life, including evidence about three illegitimate children by John Tilly...

A Political Biography of Eliza Haywood

A Political Biography of Eliza Haywood

1st Edition

By Kathryn R King
January 21, 2016

While under arrest in 1750 on suspicion of producing a seditious pamphlet Eliza Haywood insisted she ‘never wrote any thing in a political way’. This study of the life and works, the first full-length biography of Haywood in nearly a century, takes the measure of her duplicity....

A Political Biography of Henry Fielding

A Political Biography of Henry Fielding

1st Edition

By J A Downie
January 21, 2016

Existing accounts of Fielding's political ideas are insufficiently aware of the structure of politics in the first half of the eighteenth century, and of the ways in which Whig political ideology developed following the Revolution of 1688. This political biography explains and illustrates what '...

A Political Biography of John Toland

A Political Biography of John Toland

1st Edition

By Michael Brown
January 21, 2016

John Toland was notorious. A pamphleteer, a polemicist and a prankster of the first order, modern scholarship has struggled to position his writings within the debates of his day. This study is the first to fully recount his remarkable biography, situating his writings within the controversies that...

A Political Biography of Jonathan Swift

A Political Biography of Jonathan Swift

1st Edition

By David Oakleaf
January 21, 2016

Most famous as the author of "Gulliver's Travels", Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was one of the most important propagandists and satirists of his day. This study seeks to contextualize Swift within the political arena of his day....

A Political Biography of Richard Steele

A Political Biography of Richard Steele

1st Edition

By Charles A Knight
January 21, 2016

Richard Steele is famous as an early writer of sentimental drama and as half of the writing team, Addison and Steele. He is notable both for the indirect propaganda he developed with Addison and for the open partisanship of his own periodicals. He wrote extensively about responsible economics but ...

A Political Biography of Samuel Johnson

A Political Biography of Samuel Johnson

1st Edition

By Nicholas Hudson
January 21, 2016

Johnson rose from obscure origins to become a major literary figure of the eighteenth century. Through a detailed survey of his major works and political journalism, Hudson constructs a complex picture of Johnson as a moralist forced to accept the realistic nature of politics during an era of ...

A Political Biography of Thomas Paine

A Political Biography of Thomas Paine

1st Edition

By W A Speck
January 21, 2016

Speck's biography examines Paine's work afresh, in light of new thinking about the role of religion in the formation of his political ideology, and also places Paine within the recently-developed context of 'Atlantic History'....

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