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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter examines the presence of ‘satire’, broadly conceived, in various kinds of miscellany publication between 1680 and 1732. Taking a cue from the ‘mixed’ nature of satire as it was theorized in the Restoration, the chapter looks first at the series of Miscellanies published by Tonson and Dryden from 1684 onwards. While satire was originally foundational to the series, it soon became aesthetically quarantined as one witty showcase amongst many others. The second section looks at the various rival attempts to match this polite formula. The individual author miscellanies issued as Poems on Several Occasions show, next, marked variations in the foregrounding of satire, in collections by women as well as men, over the same period. The final section looks at the agon between Pope and Curll, and the role of the collaborative Pope–Swift Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1727–32) in controlling the marketing of satiric wit.

Keywords: miscellaneity, book trade, miscellanies, corporate satire, politeness, Curll

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