Alexander Pope, An Epistle to Burlington

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An Epistle To The Right Honourable Richard Earl of Burlington

was first published on 14 December 1731. It was occasioned by Burlington's publication, in the previous year, of Palladio's

Designs of the Baths, Arches, Theatres etc. of Ancient Rome.

The second edition of Pope's poem, published on 4 January 1732, added the half title

Of False Taste. An Epistle

[etc.]. Pope continued revising the poem to improve its overall argument and structure, first for the publication of his collected


, Vol. II, 23 April 1735, and then again for the “death-bed” edition of,

Epistles to Several Persons

, privately distributed in May 1744 a few weeks before he died, but then suppressed after his death. It is this text that forms the basis of the definitive Twickenham edition and is the most…

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Citation: Gordon, Ian. "An Epistle to Burlington". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002 [, accessed 21 May 2024.]

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