Charles Gildon, born at Gillingham in Dorset, reacted against a Catholic education by turning atheist. After squandering the family fortune he support himself by writing. Gildon was a contentious critic who published much in many genres over many years; he is remembered, if at all, as an inveterate foe of Defoe and one of Pope's early critics — for which he was accorded a place in the Dunciad.
The history of the Athenian society. 1691.
Miscellany poems upon several occasions, ed. Gildon. 1692.
The post-boy rob'd of his mail. 1692.
Chorus poetarum, ed. Gildon. 1694.
The younger brother, or the amorous jilt: a comedy. 1696.
The Roman bride's revenge: a tragedy. 1697.
Phaeton, or the fatal divorce: a tragedy. 1698.
The lives and characters of the English dramatick poets [Langbaine, ed. Gildon]. 1699.
Measure for measure, or beauty the best advocate: a comedy. 1700.
Love's victim, or the Queen of Wales: a tragedy. 1701.
A new miscellany of original poems, on several occasions, ed. Gildon. 1701.
A comparison between the two stages. 1702.
Examen miscellaneum, consisting of verse and prose, ed. Gildon. 1702.
The patriot, or the Italian conspiracy: a tragedy. 1703.
The deist's manual. 1705.
Threnodia Virginea, or the apotheosis: a poem. 1708.
Libertas triumphans. 1708.
A new rehearsal: or Bays the younger. 1714.
Canons, or the vision: a poem. 1717.
The complete art of poetry. 2 vols, 1718.
The life and strange adventures of Mr. Daniel D[efoe]. 1719.
Miscellanea aurea: or the golden medly. 1720.
A new project for the regulation of the stage. 1720.
All for the better: or the world turn'd upside down. 1720.
The battle of the authors. 1720.
The laws of poetry. 1721.