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The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Alexander Pope , Pat Rogers
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9 Oct 2008 Oxford World's Classics
This authoritative edition was first published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Pope's poetry and prose - the major poems in their entirety, together with translations, criticism, letters and other prose - to give the essence of his work and thinking.

Pope has often been termed the first truly professional poet in English, whose dealings with the book trade helped to produce the literary market-place of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this representative selection of Pope's most important work, the texts are presented in chronological sequence so that the Moral Essays and Imitations of Horace are restored to their original position in his career. The Dunciad, The Rape of the Lock, and Peri Bathous are presented in full, together with a characteristic sample of Pope's prose, including satires, pamphlets, and periodical writing. The influential preface to his edition of Shakespeare is here, as well as passages from his conversations with Joseph Spence and examples of his wide-ranging correspondence. This fine edition features a comprehensive biographical index, as well as an introduction and invaluable notes.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199537615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199537617
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exelance 25 April 2014
By Yuri
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Thank you for edition this brylliant book. Pope was very deep frend and co-laborator of J.Swift. His poetry connect us with Homer and Horatius. I live in Russia and write the book about 18 centhuri.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pope 23 Dec 2009
If you want a serious interest in poetry to develop, then you should seriously study Pope. This is an ideal book for that purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 18th Century's Greatest "Learned Wit" 23 Jun 2008
By Richard Ellman - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. Pat Rogers, editor of this particular edition, often describes Alexander Pope as the first professional writer in the English language. Indeed, there is something highly polished in the prose and poetry of Pope, a self-awareness of the art unfolding before you. Those seeking a single "compact" edition of Pope's major works would do well to purchase this book. Dr. Rogers's careful editing, wonderful introduction, and in-depth scholarly notes are of sustained importance for the neophyte reader. He includes in this edition "The Rape of the Lock" (perhaps Pope's most anthologized and most read work), "The Dunciad" (a denser work usually the province of graduate students and scholars of the 18th century), as well as Pope's epistles, satires, works of literary criticism (students and scholars of Chaucer and Shakespeare will particularly enjoy Pope's assessment, while "An Essay on Criticism" is essential for all students of the history of literary criticism).

In contrast to the isolated genius of the 19th century, who sought to write poetry removed from the everyday concerns of society, Pope exemplifies the pinnacle of urban (and urbane) poetry which was, in its time, deeply implicated in the contemporary political, social, and religious controversies. Pope's satiric glance at a world in which he could never fully participate (ironically, he enjoyed the leisure time to write because of his condition as invalid) offers the reader a view of the 18th century at once in love with its intricate and luxurious detail while simultaneously baffled and angered by its ostentatious frivolity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy printing 8 Jan 2011
By Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
The editor did a great job with the selection of Pope's best works, and arranged in chronological order. But as long as this exists in paperback, long for another edition. I've had this copy for about a year and pages are falling out all over the place because the book is so thick and the spine so weak.

Another thing that I hate about this is he appended commentaries to the lines at the end of the book. The inconvenience is while I'm reading I have to turn all the way to the back to see what he wrote.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! 22 Jan 2007
By Geoff Puterbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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Opinions differ, with regard to Alexander Pope, but then again it's hard to find any subject at all where opinions do NOT differ!

I think that Pope was one of the most clever and skilled man who ever wrote verse in English, and that his verse rises pretty frequently to the level of poetry. His translation of "The Iliad" is probably immortal. I was surprised to learn that he farmed out the translation of "The Odyssey" to lesser lights: half of the books in the "Pope" translation of "The Odyssey" were, in fact, ghost-written!

If you have never read anything by Pope and want an introduction, then find yourself an easy chair, pour yourself something cordial to drink, and read the "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot." I never get tired of this minor masterpiece! ("Why break a butterfly upon the wheel?" is just one example. But I could cite the whole thing!)

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