Stephen Duck's Publications
|Digitized or Digital Editions
|Poems on Several Occasions
|influenced by, addressed writing to
Tatersal wrote The bricklayer’s miscellany: or, poems on several subjects: written by Robert Tatersal, A poor Country Bricklayer, of Kingston upon Thames, in Allusion to Stephen Duck (1734) after Duck's success with "The Thresher's Labour." Tatersal's sense of debt to Duck for making it possible for laborers to aspire to a literary career is made explicit in a poem addressed to Duck: “The Bricklayers Labours” charts his working life in the sort of vivid detail Duck had used in describing his work as a thresher (Blackwell).
|read by, dismissed, knew
Duck "had a personality which attracted those who met him; his simple uprightness and naïve charm won a measure of personal liking from even such harsh judges as Pope and Swift, neither of whom had a kind word for him as a poet" (ODNB).
|dismissed by, knew, read by
Duck "had a personality which attracted those who met him; his simple uprightness and naïve charm won a measure of personal liking from even such harsh judges as Pope and Swift, neither of whom had a kind word for him as a poet" (ODNB). Swift also subscribed to Duck's first authorized publication, Poems On Several Occasions (1736).
|Queen Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline (Caroline of Ansbach)
"In early October 1730 Duck travelled to Windsor to be presented to the queen. ... Duck was well received by the queen, who gave him an annuity of £30 or £50 and a house. In 1733 she made him a yeoman of the guard, and in 1735 keeper of the queen's library in Merlin's Cave, a Gothic building in Richmond Gardens, a post he filled with diligence and taste." (ODNB)
|John Banks of Bancks
Banks of Bancks wrote The Weaver's Miscellany in imitation of Stephen Duck