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28) "The life of a collector of biographical anecdotes and literary relics must be one of the pleasantest in the world" proclaimed the Critical Review on the occasion of a sixth edition of the Curiosities of Literature, invoking a standard image of the miscellanist as an amiable literary scavenger.
In addition to alluding to Quintilian, Decembrio says that an important model for the discussions he is about to report is Aulus Gellius, the second-century CE miscellanist, whose Attic Nights would also serve as the model for Angelo Poliziano's Miscellanea.
31) See Arthur Melville Clark's Thomas Heywood: Playwright and Miscellanist (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1931), 197-207.