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He had seen these assumptions invoked in discussions of the well-known literary forgeries of Thomas Chatterton and William Henry Ireland.
Baines presents one rationale: literary forgeries could be sold for money, and they could fool the antiquarians, who placed (money) value on antiquities.
There are contributions on Dickens and Fielding, George Eliot and Rousseau, Ruskin, the Victorian treatment of 'bucks, belles and half-way men' and of Pope and Johnson, the cultural politics of eighteenth-century representation in Victorian literary histories, the dictionaries of Samuel Johnson and James Murray, the presentation of eighteenth-century writers in the English Men of Letters' series, attitudes to Hanoverian literary forgeries and the work of two female historians of the eighteenth century, Emilia Dilke and Vernon Lee.
Groom's conclusion is that literary forgeries ought to be read not as contemptible fakes but as respectable artistic creations in their own right.
Farrer devoted a chapter to Lucas in his still very valuable Literary Forgeries (1907) and Richard Altick deals in passing with the Lucas story in The Scholar Adventurers (1950; rev.
Paul Baines, The House of Forgery in 18th-Century Britain (Brookfield USA, Singapore, Sydney: Ashgate, 1999) 177-86; "'All of the House of Forgery': Walpole, Chatterton, and Antiquarian Commerce," Poetica: An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies 39-40 (1994): 45-72; Ian Haywood, The Making of History: A Study of the Literary Forgeries of James Macpherson and Thomas Chatterton in Relation to Eighteenth-Century Ideas of History and Fiction (London and Toronto: Associated UP, 1986) 185-94; Nick Groom, The Forger's Shadow: How Forgery Changed the Course of Literature (London: Picador, 2002).
The latest solid research indicates that he was a fly rather than a fellow-spider in that particular web of literary forgeries.