Edmund Curll, Mr. Pope’s Literary Correspondence

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The publisher Edmund Curll (1683–1747) issued five volumes under the title of

Mr. Pope’s Literary Correspondence

in 1735–7. This is a misnomer. Each of the volumes, after the first, prints material unrelated to Pope, comprising in most cases a majority of the book. They make use of works in several genres, including poetry, and they often devote many pages to Curll’s retorts to Pope. What correspondence is present may not be ‘literary’ in any normal sense, and it may have been written a generation or more previously. Nonetheless, the series is of considerable interest. It supplied the first printed version of significant letters by Pope and others, and it provoked some of the most heated exchanges between poet and publisher, in all their long feud. One consequence was a…

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Citation: Rogers, Pat. "Mr. Pope’s Literary Correspondence". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 October 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39346, accessed 14 April 2024.]

39346 Mr. Pope’s Literary Correspondence 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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