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Alexander Pope

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Alexander Pope by Alexander Pope

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Pope's letters are fascinating documents, apart from his importance as a poet. Highly revealing of his remarkable character-ambitious, dangerous, trimming, ridiculous, intelligent, generous yet antagonistic-they also comprise a body of writing of extraordinary interest for an understanding of his times: its personalities, its plots, its tragedies and exiles, its loves, its scandals, the movement of its religious, political, and philosophical ideas, its sense of poetry, and its notions of poetic craft and genre. Moreover, Pope published a collection of his own letters: a selective and highly edited collection, in which (having retrieved the originals from some recipients) he revised their texts and on occasion claimed they had been written to other people. This came to light with the nineteenth-century discovery of transcripts of the original letters, made for Pope's correspondent Lord Caryll. Other letters preserved in the British Library's Homer MS are clearly ones the poet would not have chosen to keep, since he used their backs for drafts of his Iliad translation. George Sherburn's scholarly five-volume Collected Correspondence (Oxford, 1956) is the necessary basis for any new edition. The collection presented here is in the first place a balanced and varied selection from Sherburn. Since 1956, however, many new letters have been discovered, and this volume includes most of them. Many are among Pope's best, though they have till now been scattered in learned journals. This selection supplies an introduction, a commentary on each letter identifying allusions and quotations (with translations where necessary), and thematic and biographical indexes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198185659
ISBN-10: 0198185650
Format: Hardback
(225mm x 145mm x 29mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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The author was the greatest English poet of his age, whose acerbic insights into human nature have entered the language, and whose verse still astonishes with its energy and inventiveness centuries after his death. This book includes selections of his work that follows the path of his poetic genius over his lifetime.

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