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Mack, Maynard, 1909–2001
Alexander Pope : a life / Maynard Mack.
First edition.
New Haven : Yale University Press in association with ; 1985.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 1985.
Physical Description:
xii, 975 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Reference Library
PR3633 M27 1985 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 820-929) and index.
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.
Subject Terms:
Authors, English -- 18th century -- Biography.
Authors, English.
Poets, English -- 18th century -- Biography.
Poets, English.
Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744.
Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744.
collective biographies.

  • 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.