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Cultural Formations: The Eighteenth Century


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Alexander Pope and his Critics

Alexander Pope and his Critics

1st Edition

Adam Rounce
December 11, 2003

Warton's Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope was one of the most influential critical works of the eighteenth century. Warton's sustained commentary on the most significant English poet of the century was read as both a promotion of Pope's literary genius, and an attack on it, and as such...

Spenser's Faerie Queene: Warton's Observations and Hurd's Letters

Spenser's Faerie Queene: Warton's Observations and Hurd's Letters

1st Edition

David Fairer
October 26, 2000

This set publishes two of the most influential critical works of the eighteenth century together for the first time. Richard Hurd's Letters on Chivalry and Romance and the second (enlarged) edition of Thomas Warton's Observations on the Fairy Queen appeared within a few months of each other in 1762...

Warton's History of English Poetry

Warton's History of English Poetry

1st Edition

David Fairer
January 22, 1998

Thomas Warton's History of English Poetry (1774-81) was the great pioneering work of English literary history. Telling the story from the Norman Conquest to the beginning of the seventeenth century, Warton's volumes gave Britain a first real sense of the full richness of its literary past. For the...

A Collection of Poems by Several Hands

A Collection of Poems by Several Hands

1st Edition

Robert Dodsley
July 10, 1997

This was the best-selling poetry anthology of the eighteenth century, edited by the most celebrated publisher of the era, Alexander Pope's protege, Robert Dodsley. It includes poems by Samuel Johnson, Thomas Gray, David Garrick, Lady Mary Wortley Montague, Horace Walpole, Joseph and Thomas Warton,...

Reliques of Ancient English Poetry

Reliques of Ancient English Poetry

1st Edition


August 01, 1996

The Reliques is a collection of ballads, songs, romances and historical poetry, annotated with Percy's literary-antiquarian observations. It is a seminal text in English literature, one that profoundly influenced writers from Thomas Chatterton to Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats and the...

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