Rogers, Pat Books

Pat Rogers, DeBartolo Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of South Florida, holds degrees of MA, PhD, and LittD from the University of Cambridge, and DLitt from the University of Bristol. Among his many books on eighteenth literature and history are Grub Street, The Augustan Vision, The Samuel Johnson Encyclopedia and The Text of Great Britain. Recent publications include The Alexander Pope Encyclopedia (2004) and The Symbolic Design of Windsor-Forest (2004). Pat Rogers, an associate editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, is completing a life of Edmund Curll, co-written with Paul Baines. Also in progress is Pride and Prejudice for the Cambridge Edition of Jane Austen.

Letters, Life and Works of John Oldmixon: Politics and Professional Authorship in Early Hanoverian England
2004 0-7734-6264-3
This book provides the first detailed treatment of John Oldmixon (c.1673-1742), one of the most prolific and conspicuous English writers at the start of the eighteenth century. It contains a fully annotated text of his letters, written to many notable figures of the age, and dealing with Jacobite affrays, disputes with publishers such as Jacob Tonson and Edmund Curll, and Oldmixon’s own clashes with the law.

The contents include: firstly, Oldmixon’s letters to individuals and government authorities; secondly,a biography of Oldmixon, which includes many new findings; thirdly, a checklist of Oldmixon’s abundant works, containing over twenty new attributions, and fourthly, appendices provide documentation and analysis of matters concerning Oldmixon, including his quarrels with Pope, Defoe and Swift. An introduction sets out the nature of the letters and their interest to historians. There is a family tree, a bibliography, an index of correspondents and a general index.

The book is based on extensive study in primary sources, and uses over 200 unpublished manuscripts from a wide range of archives. Written almost into oblivion by Pope and Johnson, Oldmixon now emerges as a figure of rich historical interest and an archetypal figure in the evolution of Augustan professional writing.