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Alexander Pope : a life

Title
Alexander Pope : a life / Maynard Mack.
ISBN
0300033915
9780300033915
0393022080
9780393022087
0393022080
0393305295
9780393305296
Edition
First edition.
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press in association with ; New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 1985.
Physical Description
xii, 975 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Summary
He was an excellent hater, an accomplished liar, and hypersensitive to injuries, which he rarely forgave. But, as this masterful biography shows, he was extremely generous with both his purse and his influence and staunchly loyal to a wide and widely assorted circle of friends. Disadvantaged politically as a Roman Catholic and socially as hunchback and cripple, Pope nevertheless positioned himself at the center of the vigorous, vicious, and vastly entertaining political and literary debates of early eighteenth-century England. In such masterpieces as "The Rape of the Lock" and the "Dunciad", which Professor Mack elucidates with unfailing sensitivity, Pope succeeded in establishing himself as the inner voice of his time, speaking out against its follies, misdeeds, and self-deceptions-- From publisher's description.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
June 01, 2002
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 820-929) and index.
Contents
Part one: Beginnings, 1688
1708
A London childhood
Lessons
Traditions
Preparations
First heroes
Part two: The road to fame, 1709
1720
First publications
Deluding fancies, real discomforts
New wine in old bottles and the discovery of envy
"A few lasting dependable friendships" and a dream for England
Solemnities and frivolities
In the studio and on the town
"Humour, wit, a native ease and grace"
Insurrections large and small
High life
"This subtle thief of life, this paltry time"
Part three: works and days, 1720
1733
Success and its rewards
Embarrassments and griefs
From Shakespeare to Swift
Taking writing seriously
A wider view
The proper study
Part four: "My countrys poet," 1733
1744
Personalities and politics
A man of many moods
The lady and the doctor
A sense of autumn
Country and court
Open challenges
Last heroes
Last poems
Death.
Genre/Form
collective biographies.
Biographies.
Biographies.
Also listed under
United States Connecticut New Haven.
United States New York (State) New York.
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