Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
The Letters, Life and Works of John Oldmixon: Politics and Professional Authorship in Early Hanoverian England

The Letters, Life and Works of John Oldmixon: Politics and Professional Authorship in Early Hanoverian England (Hardback)

To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock


As the present volume reveals in remarkable detail, however, life was immensely precarious for those who tried to make their living by the pen. Party writers rarely received adequate remuneration for their pains, and Oldmixon, always short of money, was reduced to writing supplicating letters to publishers such as "genial" Jacob Tonson. It is letters such as these which, when taken in conjunction with Oldmixon's own Memoirs of the Press (1742), offer unique details about the life of the professional writer, and reveal the significance of the sub-title of Professor Rogers's book: "Politics and Professional Authorship in Early Hanoverian England." Hardship had forced Oldmixon to turn from writing plays and poetry to writing political pamphlets and essays. Yet despite "submitting to labour at the Press like a Horse in a Mill" (as James Ralph graphically put it) Oldmixon was never financially secure. Forced to try his hand, in turn, at literary biography, literary criticism, and history, he became "the miscellaneous compiler Oldmixon, who could turn his hand to scandalous memoirs, secret history, court tales or whatever the booksellers would buy."

In his Introduction, Professor Rogers observes that "The letters as a whole provide valuable insights for the students of authorship in this age," and this collection of letters and documents certainly succeeds in its aim of offering new information about the book trade in early Hanoverian England. By including, in addition, a definitive account of Oldmixon's life, an authoritative checklist of his writings, and valuable appendices detailing his literary skirmishes with Defoe, Pope, and Swift, among others, it also goes some way towards correcting the harsh verdict of posterity on his literary endeavours." - (from the Foreword) Professor J.A. Downie, Goldsmiths' College, University of London This book provides the first detailed treatment of John Oldmixon (c.1673-1742), one of the most prolific and conspicuous English writers at the start of the eighteenth century. It contains a fully annotated text of his letters, written to many notable figures of the age, and dealing with Jacobite affrays, disputes with publishers such as Jacob Tonson and Edmund Curll, and Oldmixon's own clashes with the law.

The contents include: firstly, Oldmixon's letters to individuals and government authorities; secondly, a biography of Oldmixon, which includes many new findings; thirdly, a checklist of Oldmixon's abundant works, containing over twenty new attributions, and fourthly, appendices provide documentation and analysis of matters concerning Oldmixon, including his quarrels with Pope, Defoe and Swift. An introduction sets out the nature of the letters and their interest to historians. There is a family tree, a bibliography, an index of correspondents and a general index. The book is based on extensive study in primary sources, and uses over 200 unpublished manuscripts from a wide range of archives. Written almost into oblivion by Pope and Johnson, Oldmixon now emerges as a figure of rich historical interest and an archetypal figure in the evolution of Augustan professional writing.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/01/2005 ISBN-13: 9780773462649  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.  

Pat Rogers, DeBartolo Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of South Florida, holds degrees of MA, PhD, and LittD from the University of Cambridge, and DLitt from the University of Bristol. Among his many books on eighteenth literature and history are Grub Street, The Augustan Vision, The Samuel Johnson Encyclopedia and The Text of Great Britain. Recent publications include The Alexander Pope Encyclopedia (2004) and The Symbolic Design of Windsor-Forest (2004). Pat Rogers, an associate editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, is completing a life of Edmund Curll, co-written with Paul Baines. Also in progress is Pride and Prejudice for the Cambridge Edition of Jane Austen.

More books by Pat Rogers

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Second Class Available free for ALL orders. No charge for each additional book. 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Feeling Pleasures: The Sense of Touch...
Joe Moshenska
The Oxford English Literary History:...
Margaret J. M. Ezell
Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A...
Jonathan F. S. Post
Rewritings, Sequels, and Cycles in...
Daniel Gutierrez Trapaga
Latest Blog
#FoylesFave: Dr Seuss

Matt from our Web Team is very silly. Maybe this explains his love for Dr Seuss, especially this new glow in the dark edition of What Was I Scared Of?

Read an Extract from A Skinful of Shadows

Read an extract from the eagerly awaited new novel by the Costa-winning Frances Hardinge, A Skinful of Shadows.

#FoylesFive: Elsewhere-Elsewhen

Jen from the Web Team shares a selection of books that will transport the reader to another time and place.

View all Blog Entries
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd