Edmund Curll: Mr. Pope’s Literary Correspondence (1402 words)

Pat Rogers (University of South Florida)
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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 …

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 22 October 2020.]

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