Alexander Pope: A Life

Alexander Pope A Life Winner of the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa and the Robert Kirsch Award of the Los Angeles Times The noted Yale scholar and critic offers a complete biography of the great eighteenth century

  • Title: Alexander Pope: A Life
  • Author: Maynard Mack
  • ISBN: 9780300043037
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa and the Robert Kirsch Award of the Los Angeles Times.The noted Yale scholar and critic offers a complete biography of the great eighteenth century poet, elucidating his skills as a doubly disadvantaged individual and his triumphs as a poet and spokesman for his times.

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    1. A superb old-school biography. By "old school" I mean works of literary biography published before Richard Holmes completed "Shelly: The Pursuit," which, to my mind, established new standards of success for the genre.Beautifully written, encyclopedic in scope. Yet there is an emphasis on context and externals that seems to distract Mack from the "proper" focus of such a narrative: Alexander Pope. Of course, Mack teases us unmercifully with glimpses of Pope's inner life - but Mack's discretion is [...]

    2. This was really a masterful treatment of Pope and his works. At times it was a bit laborious as the author continuously quoted lines of poems interspersed with his own comments and quotations from other poets and literature. In that way it sometimes seemed a bit pretentious as if the author was trying to show off his own knowledge of literature through the volume. None the less, it was a very good read and for a lover of Pope, it is a necessary read.

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