About the author: Dr. Heaney received his post-graduate degrees at Keele University, Staffordshire. He is now the Award Tutor in the English Department at Staffordshire University. He previously published An Anthology of 18th Century Satire: Grub Street with Mellen.1995 0-7734-9026-4
After an introductory essay on the history of Grub Street, there follows works on the subject by Ned Ward, Daniel Defoe, Tom Brown, Jonathan Swift, John Arbuthnot, Alexander Pope, Richard Savage, Leonard Welsted, Colley Cibber, and several anonymous writers. The volume includes both familiar works (Swift's A Modest Proposal. . . and Pope's The Dunciad [Book II]), as well as more obscure and hard-to-find works.1999 0-7734-8044-7
Anthology of selections from the writings of these poets, together with an analysis of their significance to their times, broadens our understanding of a seminal period in British history and culture, offering their work as essential reading for the literary historian of the eighteenth century.