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Edmund Curll, Bookseller
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Edmund Curll, Bookseller

Paul Baines and Pat Rogers


Edmund Curll was a notorious figure among the publishers of the early eighteenth century: for his boldness, his lack of scruple, his publication of work without authors' consent, and his taste for erotic and scandalous publications. He was in legal trouble on several occasions for piracy and copyright infringement, unauthorised publication of the works of peers, and for seditious, blasphemous, and obscene publications. He stood in the pillory in 1728 for seditious libel. Above all, he was the constant target of the greatest poet and satirist of his age, Alexander Pope, whose work he pirated wh ... More

Keywords: Edmund Curll, publishers, piracy, copyright infringement, unauthorised publication, obscene publications, pillory, seditious libel, Alexander Pope, caricature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199278985
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Baines, author
Professor of English, University of Liverpool

Pat Rogers, author
DeBartolo Professor in the Liberal Arts, University of South Florida