Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart (11 April 1722 – 21 May 1771), was an English poet.

He was a major contributor to two popular magazines and a friend to influential cultural icons like Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding. Smart, a high church Anglican, was widely known throughout London.

Smart was infamous as the pseudonymous midwife "Mrs. Mary Midnight" and widespread accounts of his father-in-law, John Newbery, locking him away in a mental asylum for many years over Smart's supposed religious "mania". Even after Smart's eventual release, a negative reputation continued to pursue him as he was known for incurring more debt than he could repay; this ultimately led to his confinement in debtors' prison until his death.

Smart's two most widely known works are ''A Song to David'' and ''Jubilate Agno'', both at least partly written during his confinement in asylum. However, ''Jubilate Agno'' was not published until 1939 and ''A Song to David'' received mixed reviews until the 19th century. To his contemporaries, Smart was known mainly for his many contributions in the journals ''The Midwife'' and ''The Student'', along with his famous ''Seaton Prize poems'' and his mock epic ''The Hilliad''. Although he is primarily recognised as a religious poet, his poetry includes various other themes, such as his theories on nature and his promotion of English nationalism. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1753
Printed for G. Faulkner in Essex-street, and J. Exshaw on Cork-hill

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1756
printed by J. Bentham Printer to the University. Sold by W. Thurlbourn, and T. Merrill, Booksellers in Cambridge; J. Newbery in St. Paul's Church-Yard, and T. Gardner at Cowley's Head in the Strand, London

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1750
Printed for the author, and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun in St. Paul's Church-Yard

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1751
Printed for the author; and sold by Thomas Carnan, at Mr. Newbery's, at the Bible and Sun in St. Paul's Church-yard

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1760
printed for T. Carnan, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul's-Church-Yard

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1768
Sold at the theatre only

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1748
printed for A. Millar, over-against Catharine-Street in the Strand

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1751
printed for J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun in St Paul's Church Yard, B. Collins in Salisbury; and sold by the booksellers in Great Britain and Ireland

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1756
printed by J. Bentham Printer to the University. Sold by W. Thurlbourn, and T. Merrill, Booksellers in Cambridge; J. Newbery in St. Paul's Church-Yard, and T. Gardner at Cowley's Head in the Strand, London

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1751
printed by J. Bentham Printer to the University. Sold by W. Thurlbourn in Cambridge, C. Bathurst in Fleet-Street, J. Newbery in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London; and J. Hildyard at York

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1752
Printed by J. Bentham Printer to the University. sold by W. Thurlbourn in Cambridge, C. Bathurst in Fleet-Street, J. Newbery in St. Paul's Church-Yard, R. Dodsley at Tully's Head in Pall-Mall, London; and J. Hildyard at York

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1763
printed for the author, and sold by Mr. Fletcher and Co. in St. Paul's Church-Yard; and Mr. Laurence, Stationer, near Durham-Yard, in the Strand

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1791
printed and sold by Smart and Cowslade; and sold by F. Power and Co. No. 65, St. Paul's Church-Yard, London

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1752
printed for the author, by W. Strahan; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul's Church-Yard

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1764
printed for R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall; and sold by J. Wilkie, in St. Paul's Church-Yard

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1750
printed by J. Bentham Printer to the University. Sold by W. Thurlbourn in Cambridge, C. Bathurst in Fleet-Street, R. Dodsley at Tully's Head in Pall-Mall, London; and J. Hildyard at York

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1763
printed for the author, and sold by Mr. Fletcher and Co. St. Paul's Church-Yard; Mr. Davies, in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden; Mr. Flexney, at Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; Mr. Laurence, near Durham-Yard; and Mr. Almon, in Piccadilly

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by Smart, Christopher
Published 1753
sold by J. Newbery, in St. Paul's Church-Yard; and M. Cooper, in Pater-Noster-Row