1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Dodsley

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 2:114.



ROBERT DODSLEY (1703-1764) was an able and spirited publisher of his day, the friend of literature and of literary men. He projected the Annual Register, in which Burke was engaged, and he was the first to collect and republish the "Old English Plays," which form the foundation of our national drama. Dodsley wrote an excellent little moral treatise, "The Economy of Human Life," which was attributed to Lord Chesterfield, and he was author of some dramatic pieces and poetical effusions. He was always attached to literature, and this, aided by his excellent conduct, raised him from the low condition of a livery servant, to be one of the most influential and respectable men of the times in which he lived.