The Scriblerus Club

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Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

The Scriblerus Club was a group of artistically and politically like-minded friends, its foremost members being the authors Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, John Gay, John Arbuthnot and Thomas Parnell. Its heyday occurred from January to April 1714, during which time its members met on a weekly basis in London. Their predominantly Tory sympathies united them during the final months of Queen Anne’s reign, and Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford – at that time First Lord of the Treasury – was apparently another regular guest at their meetings.

With the accession of George I to the British throne (August 1st, 1714) and the return of Swift and Parnell to Ireland (in late August and late October respectively), the club …

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Jones, Emrys Daniel Blakelee. "The Scriblerus Club". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 August 2011
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