Alexander Pope

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Alexander Pope was born in Plough Court, off Lombard Street, in the heart of the City of London on 21 May 1688. He was the only child of elderly, well-off, Roman Catholic parents (his mother was 45 when he was born) to whom he remained closely devoted throughout his life. His father had been a successful linen merchant for almost twenty years prior to his son's birth, but was forced to retire in 1688, owing to the anti-Catholic laws passed after the arrival of William III. In the same year an Act of Parliament came into force prohibiting Catholics from living within ten miles of the City of London. Although the family went on living in Lombard Street for another five years, continuing anti-Catholic legislation, given renewed prominence f…

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Gordon, Ian. "Alexander Pope". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2002
[, accessed 25 November 2015.]

Articles on Pope's works

  1. An Epistle to a Lady
  2. An Epistle to Bathurst
  3. An Epistle to Burlington
  4. An Epistle to Cobham
  5. An Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot
  6. An Essay on Man
  7. Dunciad
  8. Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady
  9. Eloisa to Abelard
  10. Epilogue to the Satires: Dialogues I & II
  11. Essay on Criticism
  12. Imitations of Horace
  13. Moral Essays
  14. Pastorals
  15. Peri Bathous, or the Art of Sinking in Poetry
  16. The Memoirs of the Extraordinary Life, Works and Discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus
  17. The Rape of the Lock
  18. The Works of William Shakespeare
  19. Three Hours After Marriage
  20. Windsor Forest

Related Groups

  1. English Landscape Poetry