21. In a study that takes as its point of origin the chronological convergence, in February 1777, of the publication of Chatterton's poems and the conviction of the Reverend Dodd (executed the following June), Paul Baines has shown how literary and criminal forgery criss-crossed each other at this period of history. He demonstrates how at a period in which the notion of literary property was of growing significance, because of the professionalization of the world of letters, fraudulent claims of authorship might well be analogously compared to financial malversation. Paul Baines, "The Macaroni Parson and the Marvellous Boy," in Angelaki 1:2 (Winter 93/94). Baines points out that Dodd's falsified bond came to involve literary activity, in particular the unacknowledged sermon and letters that Dr Johnson provided for Dodd. Chatterton's literary forgery involved the marketing of false relics and papers from the Rowley "find."


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