A History of Augustan Fable

A History of Augustan Fable

by Mark Loveridge


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A History of Augustan Fable by Mark Loveridge

This book explores the tradition of fable across a wide variety of written and illustrative media, from its origins in classical antiquity to the end of the English eighteenth century and beyond. Tracing the impact of classical models on verse and moral fables of the eighteenth century, and studying the use of the fable by major writers—including Dryden, Pope, Swift, Gay and Cowper—in their historical and literary contexts, Mark Loveridge offers the first full account of a highly significant form of English and European literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521630627
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/12/1998
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface and acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Fables and novels; 3. The Peachum position; 4. History, transmission, kindred; 5. The fable in the wars: Ogilby and after; 6. Transitions: Dryden to Mandeville; 7. High Augustan fable: Mandeville, Swift and Gay; 8. Gay to Cowper: the diaspora of fable; References; Index.

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