A Collection of Poems by Several Hands
The anthology of the 18th century, A Collection of Poems by Several Hands was edited by Alexander Pope's protege, Robert Dodsley. It includes poems by Samuel Johnson, Thomas Gray, David Garrick, Lady Mary Wortley Montague, Horace Walpole, Joseph and Thomas Warton, James Thomson, Elizabeth Carter, Pope and others. Begun as a three volume work in 1748, the collection had grown to six volumes by 1758, and went through 11 editions in 34 years. Together with his brother James, Dodsley became one of the most celebrated publishers of the age. In 1755 The Edinburgh Review judged the anthology much more valueable than any other of the same kind and the Gentleman's Magazine (1780) called it the best in our language. Although the collection occupied a central place in 18th century literary culture, it has not been in print for more than 200 years. This edition (1782) includes additional annotations by James Dodsley and biographical and historical notes by Isaac Reed.
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