Obscene with filth the Miscreant lies bewray'd
This chapter discusses the clash between Alexander Pope — the uncrowned laureate of his age, representative of high classical culture and urbane values — and Edmund Curll — a self-made bookseller with a reputation for piracy, deviousness, and obscenity. It also enumerates other authors with whom Curll engaged in fierce disputes. It evaluates the authenticity of a few of the biographies of Curll. It talks about the identification of a considerable number of books in which Curll took an active publishing role, even though he concealed his involvement. This chapter also discusses several legal problems in which Curll was involved. It also lays a marginal perspective about the practice of bookselling in the early eighteenth century. It notes that Curll's methods demonstrate the increasing importance of advertising as a medium for retailing. It also explains Pope's The Dunciad.
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