The History of Pompey the Little / Edition 1

The History of Pompey the Little / Edition 1

by Francis Coventry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1551117347

ISBN-13: 9781551117348

Pub. Date: 08/22/2008

Publisher: Broadview Press

Pompey the Little, the canine narrator of this story, is a uniquely observant and witty guide to eighteenth-century culture, both high and low. In the course of the novel Pompey is passed from owner to owner, offering a panoramic vision of English and European societies in the period. Written with sparkling irony, The History of Pompey the Little is an

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Pompey the Little, the canine narrator of this story, is a uniquely observant and witty guide to eighteenth-century culture, both high and low. In the course of the novel Pompey is passed from owner to owner, offering a panoramic vision of English and European societies in the period. Written with sparkling irony, The History of Pompey the Little is an important example of an “it-narrative,” or a narrative written from a non-human perspective; this genre allows the novelist to move between levels of society and to observe human behaviour from an outsider’s perspective.

The rich selection of historical documents in the appendices to this Broadview edition includes a similar narrative told by a cat, along with other writings on eighteenth-century attitudes towards animals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551117348
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
08/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
368,938
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Francis Coventry: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

The History of Pompey the Little; or the Life and Adventures of a Lap-Dog

Appendix A: Omitted Section from Book II, Chapters VI-VII in the Third Edition

Appendix B: From Anonymous, The Life and Adventures of a Cat (1760)

Appendix C: Anonymous, An Essay on the New Species of Writing Founded by Mr. Fielding (1751)

Appendix D: Poems by Francis Coventry

  1. Penshurst (1750)
  2. “To the Hon. Wilmot Vaughan, Esq. in Wales” (1755)

Appendix E: Eighteenth-Century Discussions of Animals

  1. Pierre Bayle, “Rorarius,” from The Dictionary Historical and Critical (1696)
  2. Samuel Johnson, The Idler, No. 24 (1758)
  3. From Anonymous, A Dissertation on Mr. Hogarth’s ... The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751)

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