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The Most Disreputable TradePublishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810$
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Thomas F. Bonnell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532209.001.0001

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Robert Anderson's Comprehensive View of English Poetry

Robert Anderson's Comprehensive View of English Poetry

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(p.199) 7. Robert Anderson's Comprehensive View of English Poetry
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The Most Disreputable Trade
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Thomas F. Bonnell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532209.003.0008

This chapter discusses Robert Anderson's comprehensive view of English poetry. Anderson was the first non-bookseller to wield much editorial authority over a multi-volume poetry collection. His publishers transformed the enterprise by using royal octavo volumes printed in double columns. The first section of the chapter looks into the relationship between publisher and editor, citing examples in the workplace of Mundell and Son. The second section describes the tasks of Anderson when he became editor. It notes that biographies were Anderson's most time-consuming responsibility. The third section describes Anderson's task of publication and dissemination as similar to collecting scattered gems and associating them for the benefit of the audience. The fourth section discusses the goal of Mundell and Son to publish the cheapest and most perfect edition of the British Poets. The fifth section discusses Anderson's resolve on completing his editorial tasks.

Keywords:   Robert Anderson, royal octavo, Mundell and Son, British Poets, editor, English poetry

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