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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy
Sarah Bradford
0143035959
October 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Lucrezia Borgia is legendary as the archetypal villainess who carried out the poisoning plotted by her scheming father—Pope Alexander VI, aka Rodrigo Borgia—and by her ruthlessly ambitious brother Cesare. The facts of Lucrezia's case are sorted out from fiction by Bradford's humanizing biography, which presents Lucrezia as an intelligent noblewoman, powerless to defy her family's patriarchal order, yet an enlightened ruler in her own right as Duchess of Ferrara. Drawing on extensive archival evidence, Bradford (Disraeli; Princess Grace) explains how Lucrezia's first husband, after their marriage was annulled, vengefully tarnished her name with accusations of incest. Bradford discredits the popular belief that Lucrezia helped Cesare assassinate her second husband. Lucrezia emerges as a political...


Essay on Man and Other Poems
Alexander Pope
0486280535
June 1994
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Book Description
Celebrated title poem—a survey of the nature of the universe and man’s place in it—along with "The Rape of the Lock," "Ode on Solitude," "The Dying Christian to His Soul," "Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady," "An Essay on Criticism," "Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog," "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot" and more.


Pope, the Complete Poems of Alexander
Alexander Pope
0140423508
July 2006
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Poetry and Prose of Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
0395051568
January 1969
Textbook Paperback
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Pope
Alexander Pope
0140585087
Sept 1985
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Book Description
Though critical opinion on Alexander Pope has frequently been divided, he is now regarded as the most important poet of the early eighteenth century. An invalid from infancy, he devoted his energies towards literature and achieved remarkable success with his first published work at the age of
twenty-one. A succession of brilliant poems followed, including An Essay on Criticism (1711), Windsor Forest (1715), and his masterpiece, The Rape of the Lock. A second period of great poetry was begun in 1728 with the appearance of the first Dunciad. All these works--which exhibit Pope's
astonishing human insight, his wide sympathies, and powers of social observation (displayed to greatest effect in his talent for satire)--are included in this selection of his poetry. It has been compiled by the distinguished Pope...


Alexander Pope
Laura Brown
0631135030
March 1985
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Book Description
Pope's poetry has, for the most part, been taken on its own terms. Seen as a sophisticated commentary on the attitudes and values of Augustan England, it has been praised for its aesthetic complexity and its universal significance. This book asks us to rethink such a way of understanding Pope. Refusing to accept Pope's version of reality, Laura Brown reads his poems not for what they claim to say, but for what they rationalize away or fail to recognize. She sets out a new basis for defining the significance of his major works, arguing that they are bound up with the two key issues of the age: the interconnected developments of capitalism and imperialism. A close reading of Pope's poetry from Windsor-Forest to The Dunciad shows it to embody the conflicting impulses of early English mercantile capitalism; it is...


Selected Poetry
Alexander Pope
0192834940
Aug 1998
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Book Description
Though critical opinion on Alexander Pope has frequently been divided, he is now regarded as the most important poet of the early eighteenth century. An invalid from infancy, he devoted his energies towards literature and achieved remarkable success with his first published work at the age of
twenty-one. A succession of brilliant poems followed, including An Essay on Criticism (1711), Windsor Forest (1715), and his masterpiece, The Rape of the Lock. A second period of great poetry was begun in 1728 with the appearance of the first Dunciad. All these works--which exhibit Pope's
astonishing human insight, his wide sympathies, and powers of social observation (displayed to greatest effect in his talent for satire)--are included in this selection of his poetry. It has been compiled by the distinguished Pope...


Family
Mario Puzo
0061032425
September 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Before his death in 2001, Puzo (The Last Don) had begun work on a novel featuring the 15th-century Borgias, whom he regarded as "the original crime family." There are obvious parallels between the Borgias and the Corleone clan immortalized in The Godfather, but the resemblances are mostly superficial, at least as they are presented in this limp historical romance. The story opens with Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia manipulating papal elections in 1492 to become the new Pope Alexander. Determined to establish a family dynasty, he appoints his son Cesare cardinal in his stead and, after a strategically engineered episode of incest between siblings Cesare and Lucrezia, begins ruthlessly eliminating rivals and marrying his children into alliances with the offspring of noble families of France and Spain. But Cesare would...


Early Career of Alexander Pope
George Sherburn
0198116756
June 1934
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Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
0460877984
January 1997
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Book Description
Often termed the first truly professional poet in England, Pope had an acute awareness of the traditions he inherited and a clear vision of where he stood in literary history. In this representative selection of Pope's most important work, Pat Rogers presents all the major poems and a
characteristic sample of his prose, including satires, pamphlets, and periodical writing. Pope's criticism is represented by the influential preface to his edition of Shakespeare, and the personal side of his work is illustrated by his wide-ranging correspondence and short passages from his
conversations with Joseph Spence. With a fine introduction, substantial annotation, and full biographical appendix, this volume presents texts chronologically, setting them properly within Pope's career. --This text refers to an out of print...


The Poems of Alexander Pope
John Butt
0300000308
Dec 1963
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Alexander Pope
Bonamy Dobree
083712459X
December 1969
Hardcover
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Book Description
The selective biography of the poet-dictator of the 18th century.


The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson
Jean-Pierre de Crousaz
0300092709
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This volume is the first scholarly edition of Samuel Johnson’s translation of Jean Pierre de Crousaz’s Commentaire sur la traduction en vers de M. Abbé Du Resnel, de l’Essai de M. Pope sur l’homme, published in 1739. Included are notes comparing Johnson’s translation with the French original to show his method of translation and historical annotations.

Of special interest are several lengthy footnotes that Johnson added to his translation. Among these are thoughts relating to the problem of evil, particularly the ruling passion and the necessity of free will. Many of the ideas first given expression here were to occupy Johnson’s mind for the remainder of his life.



The Rape of the Lock
Alexander Pope
0312115695
Dec 1997
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Book Description
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...


Gardens in the Spirit of Place
Page Dickey
1584794720
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Consult the genius of the place in all," Alexander Pope famously wrote, advocating gardens that are in harmony with the landscape rather than imposed upon it. Gardens in the Spirit of Place takes us on an insider's tour of some of the most beautiful examples of this philosophy, "reflective gardens" that celebrate their regional origins above all. Fourteen gardens across the United States are profiled in this stunning book, which features text by renowned garden writer Page Dickey and more than 150 sumptuous photographs by John M. Hall.Whether it's an eastern woodland garden on Mount Desert Island, Maine, a Wisconsin farmland garden on Lake Pewaukee, or a garden planted in gravel in Palo Alto, California, each garden presented here is a sensitive and original response to its surroundings. For those who want to make...


Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats
Helen Hennessy Vendler
0674015673
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Poetry has often been considered an irrational genre, more expressive than logical, more meditative than given to coherent argument. And yet, in each of the four very different poets she considers here, Helen Vendler reveals a style of thinking in operation; although they may prefer different means, she argues, all poets of any value are thinkers. The four poets taken up in this volume�Alexander Pope, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and William Butler Yeats�come from three centuries and three nations, and their styles of thinking are characteristically idiosyncratic. Vendler shows us Pope performing as a satiric miniaturizer, remaking in verse the form of the essay, Whitman writing as a poet of repetitive insistence for whom thinking must be followed by rethinking, Dickinson experimenting with plot to...


The Alexander Pope Encyclopedia
Pat Rogers
0313324263
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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Review
“[R]ogers' work supports both new readers who need context and devoted scholars requiring a thorough understanding of minutiae....A valuable resource for anyone reading or studying Pope. Highly recommended. All academic collections.”–Choice
“The coverage Rogers achieves is remarkable....[a] labor of love by a scholar who has done as much as anyone currently writing to make the authors of the eighteenth century as conveniently and authoritatively available to us as possible.”–Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
“The Alexander Pope Encyclopedia provides an impressive store of information and will be an invaluable resource for students of Pope and of the eighteenth century more generally.”–Times Literary Supplement
“This one-stop reference explains many of...


Alexander Pope
Maynard Mack
0393022080
Oct 1985
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Disadvantaged socially as a hunchback and cripple, politically as a Roman Catholic, Pope (16881744) rose to become the greatest poet of his age, in Byron's estimation "the great moral poet of all times." In this first full biography of him since 1900, Pope scholar Mack blends sensitive criticism of his poetry, from the early pastorals and Homer translations to such masterpieces as The Rape of the Lock and the Dunciad, with copious and intriguing detail regarding the private life. In the process he is able to show that Pope's often exaggerated disagreeable qualitieshis vengefulness, deviousness and capacity to hatewere more than offset by his generosity, moral courage and unswerving, sometimes risky, loyalty to a circle of friends that included Swift and John Gay. Pope held a mirror to his age, catching its...


Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse
Mary Oliver
039585086X
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Just as dancing is "the art of moving in accord with a pattern," says Mary Oliver, so is writing metrical verse. "One sorts out the pattern, one relies on it, and relaxes from effort to pleasure." The rules (concerning rhyme, line length, and pattern) are made if not to be deliberately flouted, then at least to be toyed with. Oliver claims to have written this book for both writers and readers of metrical verse, but it is an odd sort of fit for either. A writer might wish for a little more detail; a reader might find too much. The book works best as a kind of refresher course, for those who have forgotten the difference between metaphysical and Petrarchan conceits, between masculine and feminine rhymes, and would like to brush up a bit. Oliver does a wonderful job of explaining why the most common forms of metrical verse...

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