He served as a publisher's hack and he knew from personal experience the woes of grub-street writers.
grub-street: famous in English literature as the home of poor writers.
Chanter culls, grub-street writers, who compose songs and carrols for ballad singers.
Are authors now what authors were in the days of grub-street?
If Paternoster Row were wealthier than it is, there would be better cheer in grub-street.
An anecdote of the times is preserved in “The Memoirs of grub-street,” vol.
Two volumes of the grub-street Journal were printed in 1737, and a fragment or two was admitted by Pope into his works.
grub-street as "the name of a street in London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems."
Even the “grub-street Journal” had its jest on his appointment to the laureateship.
Ministers of state, marshals, and princes of the blood, were as busy as any grub-street garretteer.
1620s, "originally the name of a street in Moorfields in London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems; whence any mean production is called grubstreet" [Johnson]. Name changed 1830 to Milton Street (after a local developer) then erased entirely 1970s by the Barbicon complex.