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The rape of the lock
Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744.
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Boston : Bedford Books, [1998]

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xx, 442 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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Central Library PR3629.A2 L6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This edition reprints the text of Pope's classic poem -- both the five-canto 1714 version and the facsimilie of the original 1712 version -- together with a broad selection of documents. Including correspondence, poems, broadsides, reviews, and parodies, the documents focus special attention on Pope's life and career as well as on eighteenth-century poetic traditions and innovations, social habits and assumptions, historical events, and political implications. A general introduction providing historical and cultural background, a chronology of Pope's life and times, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes, extensive annotations, a selected bibliography, and a generous collection of maps, portraits, and illustrations make this volume a unique scholarly edition of this classic work of eighteenth-century literature.

Author Notes

Satirical poet Alexander Pope was born in London on May 21, 1688. He was educated by private tutors.

Many consider Pope to be the greatest poet of his time, and he also wrote commentaries and translations, he is best known for such poems as The Rape of the Lock and The Duncaid. Pope was the first English poet to make a substantial amount of money from his writing.

Pope died on May 30, 1744.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
The Rape of the Lock an Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Canto'sp. 23
Appendix A

p. 79

Appendix B

p. 93

Appendix C

p. 99

Appendix D

p. 104

Suggestions for Further Readingp. 115

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