The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope

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Overview

Alexander Pope was the greatest poet of his age and the dominant influence on eighteenth-century British poetry. His large oeuvre, written over a thirty-year period, encompasses satires, odes, and political verse and reflects the sexual, moral, and cultural issues of his time. This is the first overview to analyze the full range of Pope's work and to set it in its historical and cultural context. This volume will be indispensable not only for students and scholars of Pope's work, but also for all those interested in the Augustan age.
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"...sharply argued and astutely arranged essays, which are above all marked by the sophistication and maturity of judgment they collectively display...Recommended."
-C.S. Vilmar, Salisbury University, Choice

"...should be required reading for all undergraduates coming--not just to Pope--but to eighteenth-century poetry in general for the first time... Highly recommended."
--The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521549448
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Rogers is DeBartolo Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of South Florida.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations     vii
Notes on contributors     viii
List of abbreviations     xii
Alexander Pope chronology     xiii
Introduction   Pat Rogers     1
Pope, self, and world   Helen Deutsch     14
Pope's friends and enemies: fighting with shadows   David Nokes     25
Pope's versification and voice   John Sitter     37
Poetic spaces   Cynthia Wall     49
Pope's Homer and his poetic career   Steven Shankman     63
Pope and the classics   Howard D. Weinbrot     76
Pope and the Elizabethans   David Fairer     89
Pope in Arcadia: pastoral and its dissolution   Pat Rogers     105
Pope and ideology   Brian Young     118
Pope and the poetry of opposition   Howard Erskine-Hill     134
Crime and punishment   Paul Baines     150
Landscapes and estates   Malcolm Kelsall     161
Money   Catherine Ingrassia     175
Pope and the book trade   James McLaverty     186
Pope and gender   Valerie Rumbold     198
Medicine and the body   George Rousseau     210
Pope and the other   Laura Brown     222
Further reading     237
Index     247
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