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Fame and Fortune

Sir John Hill and London Life in the 1750s

Editors: Brant, Clare, Rousseau, George (Eds.)

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  • Examines the intellectual world of 1750s London through the prism of the controversial figure Sir John Hill, building upon Rousseau’s important biography
  • Presents the 1750s as an important decade in their own right, as a time of broad metropolitan transformations in response to new knowledge and a burgeoning intellectual city life
  • Grants scholars a deeper understanding of the role played by ‘celebrity’ figures in forming intellectual Georgian London
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This multi-disciplinary essay collection explores the controversial life and achievements of Sir John Hill (1714–1775), a prolific contributor to Georgian England’s literature, medicine and science. By the time he died, he had been knighted by the Swedish monarch and become a household name among scientists and writers throughout Britain and Europe. In 1750s London he was a celebrity, but he was also widely vilified.

Hill, an important writer of urban space, also helped define London through his periodicals and fictions. As well as examining his significance and achievements, this book makes Hill a means of exploring the lively intellectual and public world of London in the 1750s where rivalries abounded, and where clubs, societies, coffee-houses, theatres and pleasure gardens shaped fame and fortunes. By investigating one individual’s intersections with his metropolis, Fame and Fortune restores Hill to view and contributes new understandings of the forms and functions of eighteenth-century intellectual worlds.

About the authors

Clare Brant is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture at King’s College London, UK, where she also co-directs the Centre for Life-Writing Research. She is the author of Eighteenth-Century Letters and British Culture which won the European Society for the Study of English Book Award in 2008.

George Rousseau of the University of Oxford, UK,  is the author of Nervous Acts: Essays on and The Notorious Sir John Hill: The Man Destroyed by Ambition in the Age of Celebrity.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fame and Fortune
Book Subtitle
Sir John Hill and London Life in the 1750s
Editors
  • Clare Brant
  • George Rousseau
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58054-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58054-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58053-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 350
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations
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