The Laws of true Politeness stated,
And what Good-breeding is, debated:
Where all unanimously exclude
The vain Coquet, the formal Prude,
The Ceremonious, and the Rude.
The flattering, fawning, praising Train;
The fluttering, empty, noisy, vain;
Detraction, Smut, and what's prophane.
(The Footman: An Epistle to my Friend Mr. Wright, 56-63)
Robert Dodsley wrote both Servitude (1729) and The Muse in Livery (1732) while working for the Hon. Mrs. Lowther. Later he devised several plays, The Toyshop (1735), The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green (1741), and Cleone (1758). His chief fame comes from publishing and selling, at his shop the Tully's Head in Pall Mall, literature by Mark Akenside, Thomas Gray, Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Johnson, Alexander Pope, Edward Young, and others. Dodsley's A Collection of Poems, by Several Hands, which came out from 1748 to 1758, helped define the period's taste. Towards the end of his life, Dodsley co-founded The Annual Register with Edmund Burke.
Given name: Robert
Family name: Dodsley
Birth date: 1703
Death date: 23 September 1764
Pseudonym: Nathan Ben Saddi
father: Robert Dodsley
brother: Alvory Dodsley
brother: Isaac Dodsley
brother: James Dodsley
Literary period: Augustan
Residence: Mansfield: 1703
Cause of death: Gout
Buried at: Abbey churchyard, Durham
First RPO edition: 2000