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Robert Dodsley (1704–1764)

Dodsley, Robert. An English poet and dramatist (1704–64); born at Mansfield, Notts. He was a noted bookseller and publisher in London, and had close relations with the authors of the time: Pope, Johnson, Goldsmith, Burke, etc. His first volume of verses, ‘The Muse in Livery,’ was received with great favor, as was his satiric drama ‘The Toy-Shop,’ brought out at Covent Garden through the influence of Pope. Among his other plays which became popular favorites were the comedies: ‘The King and the Miller of Mansfield’; ‘Sir John Cockle at Court’; and the tragedy ‘Cleone.’ His ‘Select Collection of Old Plays’ (1744) has been re-edited by W. C. Hazlitt.