David Mallet, Anglo-Scot: Poetry, Patronage, & Politics in the Age of Union

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This is the first major study of Mallet's life, works, career, and the ways in which he fashioned a persona for himself at a time when the Act of Union inspired young and aspiring Scotsmen such as James Thomson to leave their homeland and settle in London to make a living by the pen. David Mallet, Anglo-Scot not only supersedes Frederick Dinsdale's Memoir (1855) of Mallet, but offers instead a comprehensive consideration of Mallet's importance within the 'new' trends in literature, his changing political allegiances, and the never-ending search for patronage as well as his response to the Opposition claim that only a 'Patriot King' could restore Britain to her ancient strength and glory.

Mallet, who was adept at making useful connections, made his literary debut in London after Aaron Hill had promoted his imitative ballad 'William and Margaret', published The Excursion while in close intellectual and poetic exchange with Thomson, and was then introduced to Frederick Prince of Wales. In the course of the Patriot opposition to Sir Robert Walpole, he produced two successful tragedies, Eurydice and Mustapha, and jointly wrote the masque Alfred in which the ode 'Rule Britannia!' occurs for the first time. He produced a long poem, Amyntor and Theodora, and was engaged by Sarah Churchill, the duchess of Marlborough, to write a memoir of her husband, the first duke, a work that contemporaries such as Hume and Johnson suspected had never been begun.

For the first time, this study considers manuscript materials from a range of depositories to reconstruct Mallet's complex personality and to oppose this 'character' to the one that Johnson published in the Lives of the Poets. This study reads Mallet as an important voice within the 18th-century literary scene and the milieu of Opposition writers, a man whose friendship Aaron Hill, Pope, and Lord Bolingbroke valued, a prolific writer who - owing to his conflicting interests and allegiances - frequently involved himself in controversy.

The 'controversial' Mallet, however, is too exclusive and unsophisticated a notion to accept and is convincingly revaluated through a comprehensive examination of his writings, contemporaries' estimations of his character, and the various relations that he entertained with public figures ranging from George Lyttleton to Lord Bute. As a specialist study of a popular writer of the early to mid-18th century, this work supplements recent studies on Thomson and Hill, and contributes to the ongoing debate on the Patriot Opposition to Walpole.

Sandro Jung is currently Research Fellow in English at the University of Salford, Manchester, England.
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