Alexander Pope

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So many questions surround the key figures in the English literary canon, but most books focus on one aspect of an author's life or work, or limit themselves to a single critical approach. Alexander Pope is a comprehensive, user-friendly guide which:

• offers information on Pope's life, contexts and works

• outline the major critical issues surrounding his works, from the time they were written to the present
•explains the full range of different critical views and interpretations

• offers guides to further reading in each area discussed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415202466
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/19/2001
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Baines is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Liverpool.

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Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
Abbreviations and referencing
Introduction 1
Pt. I Life and Contexts 3
a A Catholic childhood 5
b Forest retreats 7
c Literary London 10
d Kings and queens 14
e Scriblerus 15
f Epic intent 17
g Booksellers and ladies 19
h Works and days 21
i Twickenham 23
j Shakespeare 26
k Epic of Fleet Street 28
l System and satire 32
m Horace 35
n Letters 38
o Laureate in opposition 40
p One mighty Dunciad 42
q The end 44
Pt. II Work 47
a An Essay on Criticism 49
b Windsor-Forest 57
c The Rape of the Lock 65
d Eloisa to Abelard 77
e Essay on Man 82
f Epistles to Several Persons 93
g Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot 110
h Imitations of Horace 119
i The Dunciad 130
Pt. III Criticism 151
a Pope and poetry 153
b Pope and politics 163
'Still Dunce the Second Reigns Like Dunce the First' 163
c Gender and body 171
'In Sappho touch the Failing of the Sex' 171
'He pleas'd by manly ways' 182
'Such Ovid's nose' 184
d Pope in print and manuscript 189
'Books and the Man' 189
Chronology 201
Bibliography 205
Index 215
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