The Rape of the Lock

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A hideous crime is committed at a fashionable London society gathering. The victim is the beautiful, innocent Belinda, her attacker is the dastardly Baron, and his weapon of choice is a pair of scissors...

Pope's mock-epic is the sharp and witty tale of the most famous bad hair day in the history of literature.

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A hideous crime is committed at a fashionable London society gathering. The victim is the beautiful, innocent Belinda, her attacker is the dastardly Baron, and his weapon of choice is a pair of scissors...

Pope's mock-epic is the sharp and witty tale of the most famous bad hair day in the history of literature.

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"Brilliant . . . triumphant. Never has so great a poem emerged from so trivial a cause."  —Peter Ackroyd
Reprints the text of Pope's classic poem, both the five-canto 1714 version and the facsimile of the original 1712 version, together with a broad selection of documents putting the poem in the social and historical context of Pope's 18th century. Selections include correspondence, poems, broadsides, reviews, and parodies. Documents focus on Pope's life and career as well as on 18th-century poetic traditions and innovations, social habits, historical events, and political implications. Includes a general introduction on historical and cultural background, a chronology of Pope's life, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes, and b&w illustrations. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099511526
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Vintage Classics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 521,839
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Pope was born on May 21, 1688. He was brought up a Roman Catholic at a time where the laws of England were prejudicial towards Catholics. He suffered tuberculosis as a child and as a consequence never grew taller than 4'6'. He first published The Rape of the Lock when he was twenty-three years old in 1712. Its success made him a celebrity in polite society. He later added to it in 1714 and 1717. It was written to reconcile two families who had fallen out over a similar incident where a Lord Petre had cut off a lock of hair from Arabella Fermor's head. Pope went on to translate the works of Homer and produce The Dunciad and An Essay on Man. He died on May 30, 1744.
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Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
Pt. 1 The Rape of the Lock: The Complete Text 1
Pt. 2 The Rape of the Lock: Cultural Contexts 89
1 The Poetic World 91
From The Lives of the Poets 96
From The Correspondence of Alexander Pope 110
From Observations, Anecdotes, and Characters of Books and Men, Collected from Conversation 127
The Rape of the Locke, First Edition in Two Cantos 130
From The Correspondence of Alexander Pope 165
"To Belinda on the Rape of the Lock" 175
"The Celebrated Beauties: A Poem. Occasioned upon Being Suspected of Writing The British Court" 176
From Observations and Reflections Made in the Course of a Journey Through France, Italy, and Germany 177
Advertisements for The Rape of the Lock 177
From A Key to the Lock 179
From A New Rehearsal, or, Bays the Younger 188
From Selected Writings 197
The Rape of the Smock. An Heroi-Comical Poem. In Two Books 203
From The Life of Pope 215
From Anecdotes 219
Letter to William Walsh, "On the Subject of English Versification" 224
From An Essay on Criticism 227
From The Spectator, No. 253 [On An Essay on Criticism] 234
From The Spectator, No. 411 [On Imagination] 238
"Epistle to Mr. Jervas" 242
From The Spectator, No. 267 [On Epic Poems] 246
Sarpedon's Speech from The Iliad 251
"A Receit to Make an Epick Poem," The Guardian, No. 78 252
From The Count of Gabalis 258
2 The Social World 267
From An Essay on Man 274
"The Soul" 278
"An Epistle from Pope to Lord Bolingbroke" 282
From "A Letter to Capt. Gulliver, to his Cousin Sympson" 285
"The Council of Horses" 287
Epistle to Miss Blount, with the Works of Voiture 290
Portrait of Martha and Teresa Blount 293
From Fables, "The Lady and the Wasp" 295
"The Progress of Beauty" 297
From an Essay in Defense of the Female Sex 301
"The Appology," "Clarinda's Indifference at Parting with Her Beauty," "On Myselfe" 308
Epistle I. To Richard Temple, Viscount Cobham 311
From Fables, "The Monkey Who Had Seen the World" 321
From The Spectator, Nos. 127 and 145 ["Unhoop the fair Sex"] 324
From The Town Display'd, in a Letter to Amintor in the Country 330
From The Spectator, No. 45 ["French Fopperies"] 330
From The Tatler, No. 113 ["Inventory of a Beau"] and Advertisement, from The Tatler, No. 113 ["A Cosmetick for both Sexes"] 334
From The Spectator, No. 323 [Clarinda's Journal] 340
From A Journey through England ["The Theatres"] 345
"The Spleen" 346
From A Journey through England ["Of Coffee-houses"] 351
From Philosophical Transactions, No. 256 ["A Discourse of Coffee"] 352
"The Coffee House, or News-mongers Hall" 356
"A Broadside against Coffee; or, the Marriage of the Turk" 360
Advertisement, From The Spectator, No. 138 ["The Exercise of the Snuff-Box"] 362
From Four Poems in Praise of Tobacco 364
From The Spectator, No. 140 ["Ladies at Ombre"] 365
"Written on a Card that Her Majesty tore at Omber" 366
From The Court Gamester 367
From Trivia; or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London 372
A Description of the Morning 377
"A Farewell to London, in the Year 1715" 378
"Epistle to Miss Blount, on her leaving the Town, after the Coronation" 383
3 The Political World 387
From A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain [On the Exchange] 389
From The Spectator, No. 69 [The Royal Exchange: "This grand Scene of Business"] 396
From The London Spy, No. 3 [A Different Exchange] 401
From The Examiner, No. 22 ["The Spirit of Shop-keepers"] 406
From A Review, Nos. 85 and 90 [On the Vices of the Justices of the Peace] 407
From An Enquiry into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers ["Of the Manner of Execution"] 413
"Clever Tom Clinch going to be hanged" 414
From a Review, No. 3 ["Of the English Trade"] 416
From A Review, No. 65 ["We do not fight for Conquest, but for Peace"] 420
"The Balance of Europe" 423
From Windsor-Forest 424
From The Spectator, No. 552 ["The Industrious Part of Mankind"] 426
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