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Eng 204 Feb 10 2012

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English
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ENG 204
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Alison Muri

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English 204 1 February 10 2012 Eighteenth-Century Attitudes Grubstreet Scribblers and The Literary Marketplace Hack: a person, as an artist or writer, who exploits, for money, his or her creative ability or training in the production of dull, unimaginative, and trite work; one who produces banal and mediocre work in the hope of gaining commercial success in the arts: Hackney: done for hire The grub-Street journal, Oct 30 1732: the “art and mystery” of printing the “literatory” of Edmund Curll - Janus: two faced, telling the authors their books are not selling well, but telling the readers the book is selling well Literatory: literature and factory combined Mercury – messenger god, Athena – wisdom and war goddess. She always has an owl with her to represent wisdom - The own and the book represent knowledge and study Alexander Pope - Has a feud with Edmund Curll - Pope does not like Curll because he is bringing down the art form and wisdom of the book - Curll also printed things that didn’t belong to him - There is a long back and forth between them, this is the kind of publishing world that Pope is against - The image of the owl, the owl is sitting on everything that Pope disapproves of Scriblerian: scribblers that make fun of the actual scribblers Samuel Johnson -- “much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems; where any mean production is called Grubstreet” Grubstreet: a poor, mean section of town. Curll is associated with Grubstreet hacks English 204 2
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