Aaron Hill

(1685 - 1750)
Aaron Hill (1685-1750)

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Aaron Hill (1685-1750)

Works in ECPA

Source editions

  • A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758]. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)
  • A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758]. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

Biographical note

Aaron Hill, the son of an attorney, was born in the Strand, London, in 1685. He was educated at the grammar school in Barnstaple, Devon, and at Westminster School. Aged just fourteen, he went on a tour of Constantinople (Istanbul) and other places in the East, which he described in his A Full and Just Account of the Present State of the Ottoman Empire (1709), later criticized by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in her letters from Turkey (1716-1718). Hill worked as secretary to the Earl of Peterborough and began publishing poems as well as editing a magazine. In 1710 he married Margaret Morris (1694-1731), which allowed him to give up his job and become a theatre entrepreneur, librettist (Händel's Rinaldo, 1711), playwright, and editor. When his theatre career came to an end, he began editing a series of magazines, such as The Plain-Dealer (1724-7) and The Prompter (1734-1736). Hill was also a generous patron to other writers, including John Dyer, Eliza Haywood, David Mallet, James Thomson, and Edward Young. Though a long-time correspondent of Pope's, they were never on particularly friendly terms.

Bibliography

DMI 1705; ODNB 13264; NCBEL 791; DLB 84

Biography

  • Gerrard, Christine. Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector 1685-1750. Oxford; New York: Oxford UP, 2003. Print.

Reference

  • Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 177-179. Print.
  • Fairer, David. English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century 1700-1789. Longman Literature in English Series. Harlow: Longman, 2003. 273. Print.
  • Pursglove, Glyn. Hill, Aaron, 1685-1750. Literature Online biography. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 2008. Web. 21 Feb. 2016. http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?ctx_ver=Z39.88-2003&xri:pqil:res_ver=0.2&res_id=xri:lion&rft_id=xri:lion:ft:ref:BIO001049:0
  • Radcliffe, David H., ed. Aaron Hill (1685-1750). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/AuthorRecord.php?recordid=32959.
  • Suarez, Michael F. Hill, Aaron. A Collection of Poems by Several Hands [1782]. Ed. Robert Dodsley and Michael F. Suarez. Vol. I. London: Routledge/Thoemmes, 1997. 168-169. Print. 6 volumes.