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Facsimile] The Bastard. A Poem, Inscribed with All Due Reverence to Mrs. Bret, Once Countess of Macclesfield. By Richard Savage, Son of the Late Earl Rivers.

Savage, Richard, Son of the late Earl Rivers.

Published by T. Worrall. [Facsimile by The Scolar Press Ltd., Yorks., UK, 1971]., London, 1728
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6pp. + preface 2 pp.+ title + half title. Fo. Blue printed stiff paper wraps. Refs: Encyclopedia Brittanica, 11th Ed. Wikipedia Facsimile in original size of British Museum Copy of the First Edition. Original publication by T. Worrall, London, 1728. An attack by Savage on his mother, who did not acknowledge him despite his desperate entreaties. Richard Savage (1697-1743) was an English poet, the subject of Samuel Johnson's 1744 Life of Savage, part of Johnson's Lives of the English Poets. Savage's parentage is still obscure despite support for this legend by Johnson. His mother, divorced wife of Lord Macclesfield, married Henry Brett, but had 2 children by Richard Savage, Earl Rivers. The second son was christened Richard Smith and placed with a foster mother at Covent Garden. Savage claimed to be this son, attacked his alleged mother for neglect, attempts to deprive him of an inherited sum from his putative father and for trying to have him sent to the West Indies. Such claims, with discrepant details, led Boswell to suspicion of Savage's veracity. Other authors did not doubt his story, nor, apparently did Johnson. Savage blackmailed Mrs. Brett and extracted from the family a pension of £200/per yr. While somewhat successful as a poet, Savage had difficult relationships with friends and other poets. In 1727, he was arrested for murder of a friend in a drunken dispute; he was saved from the death penalty through the influence of another friend. Known for his satirical poems and reports of scandals about other authors, he fed information on these to Alexander Pope, who used them in his The Dunciad. Pope remained loyal to Savage and helped him through poverty; with Savage facing debtor's prison, Pope and others sent him west to escape, but Savage resented their help and was sent to Debtor's Prison. Pope ultimately broke off the friendship in 1743. and Savage died in prison in the same year. Slight toning of edges of cover. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 7108

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Title: Facsimile] The Bastard. A Poem, Inscribed ...

Publisher: T. Worrall. [Facsimile by The Scolar Press Ltd., Yorks., UK, 1971]., London

Publication Date: 1728

Edition: Facsimile Edition of First Edition.

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