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Introduction

Brean S. Hammond

in Professional Imaginative Writing in England, 1670–1740

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198112990
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112990.003.0001
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This introductory chapter begins with an account, necessarily autobiographical, of this book's genesis. The book is motivated by the conviction that our current understanding of what is termed ‘Augustan’ writing, and of what is valuable in it, has been constructed against the grain of the very professionalization of imaginative writing that is its greater significance. The unifying theme of the book is a concentration on the respects in which the discourse that later came to be known as ‘literature’ was shaped by the imperatives of making a living in the period after the Civil War. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: Pope; Civil War; Augustan writing; literature

Chapter.  6120 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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