The Dunciad (1728–1730)
This chapter discusses how Curll's annus horribilis of 1728 changed his image as an outright scoundrel to a figure of major public importance. It details that within weeks of his descent from the ‘rostrum’ at Charing Cross, he was pilloried more cruelly in The Dunciad. Moreover, it explains the nature of Pope's dealings with Curll in The Dunciad. It also notes that Pope enlisted his knowledge of the book trade when he set the scene for the booksellers' games at a very particular location and that the locale chosen releases one more satiric charge, that the site was used when criminals stood in the pillory. It presents a list of several items in reply to The Dunciad which Curll certainly wrote himself.
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