Fame and Fortune

Sir John Hill and London Life in the 1750s

  • Clare Brant
  • George Rousseau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Clare Brant, George Rousseau
    Pages 1-29
  3. Hill and Lives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Clare Brant
      Pages 63-84
    3. Emrys D. Jones
      Pages 85-103
  4. Hill and Literature

  5. Hill and Public Places

  6. Hill and Sciences

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 315-350

About this book


This multi-disciplinary essay collection explores the controversial life and achievements of Sir John Hill (1714–1775), the 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.

Hill, an important writer of urban space, also helped define London through his periodicals and fictions. As well as examining his significance and achievements, his vilification and rise to celebrity, 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.


London Life-writing Doctors Actors Theatre Botany Sociability Coffee-houses Emotions Grub Street Celebrity Pleasure-gardens Eighteenth-century

Editors and affiliations

  • Clare Brant
    • 1
  • George Rousseau
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.History FacultyOxford UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58053-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58054-2
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