John Arbuthnot, Annus Mirabilis

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Pat Rogers (University of South Florida)

Not to be confused with the better known poem by John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis is a threepenny pamphlet in prose, running to just six pages. It was published in London by James Roberts on 21 December 1722. There was a Dublin edition with few changes in the following year. Next it came out in the Miscellanies of the Scriblerian group headed by Pope and Swift (1732), with more significant but not extensive revisions. This forms the basis of the text in all subsequent printings. Successive editions attributed the item to “Dr. Arbuthnot and Mr. Pope”, although it also appeared among Miscellanies by Dr. Arbuthnot (Dublin, 1746). By 1750, however, it came to be ascribed to Swift, and was included in a…

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Citation: Rogers, Pat. "Annus Mirabilis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39343, accessed 07 February 2023.]

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