Alexander Pope: An Epistle to Bathurst

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Pope's Of The Use of Riches, An Epistle To the Right Honourable Allen Lord Bathurst was first published on 15 January 1733, just over a year after its companion epistle on false taste addressed to the Earl of Burlington. Pope revised the epistle for the edition of his collected Works, Vol. II, published on 23 April 1735, adding six lines and writing out the names in full of those persons whose identity was partly disguised by blanks instead of vowels in the first edition. As with the Epistle to Burlington, Pope went on making small changes to the poem right up to the suppressed “death-bed” edition of Epistles to Several Persons printed in 1744. This text forms the basis of the Twickenham edition of …

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Gordon, Ian. "An Epistle to Bathurst". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
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