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Learn more about Alexander Pope: The Dunciad in Four Books:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0582089247
ISBN-13: 9780582089242
Sku: 30524032
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 1.25T
Pages:  464
Age Range:  NA
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This is a new edition of "The Dunciad in Four Books" of 1743, the culmination of the series of "Dunciad"s which Alexander Pope produced over the last decade and a half of his life. It comprises not only a poem, but also a mass of authorial annotation and appendices, and this new edition is the only one available which gives all the verse and the prose in a clearly laid-out form, with a full modern commentary.

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Back Cover||General Editors:|Charlotte Brewer, Hertford College, Oxford|H. R. Woudhuysen, University College London|Daniel Karlin, University College London||This major series provides the student with accessible and authoritative annotated editions of key texts in British and American literature from medieval to modern times. Its central feature is the quality and value of annotation on the page in bringing out the text's full range of reference and meaning for the reader. Whether as editions of major authors or works, or collections of texts on periods, genres or themes, Longman Annotated Texts provide the key teaching editions for students, academics and all those interested in literary study.||Already published in this series:||Lyrical Ballads, Michael Mason (ed.)|Women's Writing in Middle English, Alexandra Barratt (ed.)|Thomas Hardy: Selected Poems, Tim Armstrong (ed.)|King Lear: A Parallel Text Edition, René Weis (ed.)|William Cowper: The Task and Selected Other Poems, James Sambrook (ed.)|Edmund Spenser: Selected Shorter Poems, Douglas Brooks-Davies (ed.)|Clough: Selected Poems, J. P. Phelan (ed.)|William Dunbar: Selected Poems, Priscilla Bawcutt (ed.)|Women Writers in Renaissance England, Randall Martin (ed.)|Ben Jonson: Four Comedies, Helen Ostovich (ed.)|Chaucer's Dream Poetry, Helen Phillips and Nick Havely (eds)||||Back Flap:||This is a new edition of The Dunciad in Four Books of 1743, the culmination of the series of Dunciads which Alexander Pope produced over the last decade and a half of his life. It comprises not only a poem, but also a mass of authorial annotation and appendices, and this new edition is the only one available which gives all the verse and the prose in a clearly laid-out form, with a full modern commentary. Accessibly presented on the same page as Pope's text are explanatory notes, written in a clear style adapted to the needs of undergraduate readers, but full enough to address the interests of scholars. For the first time, the prose sections - an integral part of the work - have been annotated as fully as the verse. The many books and pamphlets to which Pope refers have been examined in detail, and the commentary takes advantage of the fifty years' scholarship on literary, bibliographical, cultural and political aspects of the period which has accumulated since James Sutherland's The Dunciad, volume five of the Twickenham Edition. A substantial introduction offers a stimulating and helpful approach to the work, and the bibliography includes suggestions for further reading.||Front Flap:||Valerie Rumbold is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham. She has published a range of articles on Pope and on eighteenth-century women writers. Her book Women's Place in Pope's World (1989) was awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy.|

This is a new edition of The Dunciad in Four Books of 1743, the culmination of the series of Dunciads which Alexander Pope produced over the last decade and a half of his life. It comprises not only a poem, but also a mass of authorial annotation and appendices, and this new edition is the only one available which gives all the verse and the prose in a clearly laid-out form, with a full modern commentary. |||

Annotation:
Pope's 1728 poem is a dazzling display of wit and venom, a satirical denunciation of the hack writers of the day and their literary excesses--specifically those of his enemies.
Author Bio
Alexander Pope
The son of a prosperous London merchant, Pope as a child contracted tuberculosis of the spine, which deformed him and stunted his growth. Poor health made formal schooling impossible, but Pope, growing up in the rural splendor of his father's country estate in Windsor Forest, read widely and developed a lifelong love not only of books but of nature and gardening. Encouraged by his father to write poetry, he published his first work, "An Essay on Criticism", when he was 23., which gained him the attention of prominent critics and writers. This was followed a few years later by "The Rape of the Lock", his witty mock-heroic satire. As his reputation grew, Pope became part of the literary scene in London, frequenting coffeehouses with his friends and lavishly entertaining the leading wits of the day at his villa on the Thames, purchased with the profits from his translations of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey". With Swift and Gay, Pope founded the Scriblerus Club to promote the writing of satire and oppose narrow pedantry in science and the arts. Because of his satirical gifts, Pope was constantly embroiled in literary feuds with his enemies, who also attacked him for his religion (Pope was a Roman Catholic during the reign of the staunchly Protestant Queen Anne) and his deformity. His revenge was always deadly on target, and often vicious, culminating in "The Dunciad", his brilliant 1728 attack on the corrupt state of literature--specifically the work of his detractors. As a Catholic, Pope could not obtain patronage, and he was one of the first writers to support himself solely through his work. He was only in his 50s when he died; in spite of his sharp tongue and sharper pen, he was known for his loyalty to his friends and his kind heart, and he was greatly mourned.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
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