Documenting Eighteenth Century Satire: Pope, Swift, Gay, and Arbuthnot in Historical Context

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Documenting Eighteenth Century Satire provides a historicized view of Augustan satire, through detailed readings of individual works. It aims to show how these satires can be documented in various ways to reveal richer meanings. The book ranges across different modes of satire, in poetry, prose and drama. It covers some of the best known works of eighteenth-century British literature, including The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and The Beggar s Opera. In addition it deals with less familiar but important texts, including Gay s Trivia, Pope s Epistle to Miss Blount, and Swift s poem on Sid Hamet, as well as works of great literary merit which have been unduly neglected, including Pope s Duke upon Duke and Swift s The Bubble. One essay offers the first full interpretation and edition of a poem that surfaced in the 1970s, still virtually unknown, written by Pope and/or Gay. Another describes a previously unsuspected hoax by the Scriblerians on the quest for the longitude, while one more finds an unsuspected, but close, link between poems by Pope and Pushkin. Sources are drawn from numerous unpublished documents (wills, private letters, inventories, estate deeds, marriage contracts and private correspondence). Extensive use is made of contemporary newspapers, magazines and pamphlets. Most of these have not been quarried heavily (if at all) before. Some essays are completely new while others have been extensively revised for this book.

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Pat Rogers, FBA, FRHistS, FSA, LittD, DLitt, is a Distinguished University Professor and DeBartolo Chair in the Liberal Arts, University of South Florida. Pat previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Wales and Bristol, and was formerly Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. His books include Grub Street and The Augustan Vision. He has edited the Complete Poems of Swift; written Literature and Popular Culture in Eighteenth Century England and The Samuel Johnson Encyclopedia; and co-edited The Blackwell Companion to the Enlightenment. His recent publications include: Alexander Pope: A Political Biography (2010); Producing the Eighteenth-Century Book (edited with Laura Runge, 2009); The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Edmund Curll, Bookseller (with Paul Baines, 2007); and Pride and Prejudice (Cambridge Edition of Jane Austen, 2006). His edited book Jonathan Swift in Context (Cambridge University Press) is in progress.

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"The book offers a good sense of writers' experiences in the early eighteenth century. It should be of interest to historians as well as scholars of literature, both for the rich lode of information and for the exemplary use of archival material to explicate a text and recapture a historical moment." - Joseph Musser, The Historian, 75:4 (Winter 2013), 912-913.

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