Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744

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Birth 1688-05-21
Death 1744-05-30
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Biographical notes:

A general outline of the life and works of the poet Alexander Pope, 1688-1744, can be found in the Dictionary of National Biography, but there are numerous biographical and critical evaluations if more detailed information is required

From the guide to the Verse translation of Book III, metre 9 of Boethius's, De consolatione philosophiae, by Alexander Pope, ca.1703-1704, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

A general outline of the life and works of the poet Alexander Pope can be found in the Dictionary of National Biography ; there are also numerous biographical and critical evaluations. The Rev. William Broome, who assisted Pope with the translation of Homer's Odyssey, was the rector of Stuston (about a mile and a half from Diss) from 1713 to 1720.

From the guide to the Letter from Alexander Pope to William Broome, 1715, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

Pope was an English essayist, critic, satirist, and poet of the Enlightenment.

From the description of Collection, 1711-1744. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79463958

From the guide to the Collection, 1711-1744., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

The translator of this elegy is unknown. For details of the life and writings of Alexander Pope see the Dictionary of National Biography

From the guide to the Elegia Popi in memoriam virginis infelicis in latinum versum reddita, 1731, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

English poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, 1736 Apr. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699521887

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to the Earl of Orrery, [1743 Jan. 13]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700521240

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1736 Nov. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699533395

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1737 May 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699546417

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to William Fortescue, [1744] Mar. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701907211

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, [1742] Aug. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700294689

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1737 Mar. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699542439

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1738 Dec. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699816573

From the description of The satires of Horace translated into English verse : by Mr. Pope, and several other emit. hands ... : autograph manuscript title page and contents list, [ca. 1738]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618066

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, 1740 Dec. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700067846

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, Thursday [1739 Nov. 1 or 8]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701733786

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1740 Dec. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700071872

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, [1741] Jan. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700073552

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, [1740] Dec. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700074230

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1740 Sept. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699832447

From the description of Manuscript page [manuscript] : ca. 1715-1720, from Pope's translation of the Iliad. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647827911

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "From the Romantic World," to Charles Ford, [1714] May 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701865835

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to Jonathan Richardson, 1725 June 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701918319

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, [1742] July 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700280398

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Charles Ford, Wednesday [1718?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701908097

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, [1740] Oct. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699830410

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, 1736 May 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699527282

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, 1736 Apr. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699524107

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, 1743 Nov. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700943188

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Twickenham], to the Earl of Orrery, 1743 Sept. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700941919

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, [1744] Apr. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700944077

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1744 Mar. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700943625

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, 1737 Jan. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699537875

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to Charles Ford, [1714 July 19]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701885319

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to the Earl of Orrery, 1737 Mar. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699545026

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1740 Dec. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700069782

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl and Lady of Orrery, 1740 Mar. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699826449

From the description of Letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, [1744 May 5?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700944145

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bristol, to the Earl of Orrery, [1743] Aug. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700526058

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bristol, to the Earl of Orrery, [1743] Aug. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700523708

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1743 Feb. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700521510

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, [1738] Oct. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699789045

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, 1739 Sept. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699782014

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, [1738] Sept. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699788855

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Benjamin Motte, [1727] June 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701561460

From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : place not specified, to Benjamin Motte, [1728/9 Mar. 8]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701556293

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to Benjamin Motte, [1728/9 Jan. 13]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701553651

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to Benjamin Motte, [1732] Aug. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701560395

From the description of Autograph letters signed (19) : "Twit'nam" Bristol, etc., to William Fortescue, 1720 July 3-[1744 Apr. 14]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270617999

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bath, to John Brinsden, 1739 Dec. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618018

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to George Arbuthnot, [1739] Aug. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618015

From the description of Autograph letters signed (18) : Twickenham, London, etc., to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, [1716 July]-1721 Sept. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618024

From the description of Printed receipt, signed by Pope, n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618004

From the description of Autograph letter unsigned : Southampton, to John Arbuthnot, [1734] Aug. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618010

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3) : [n.p.], to Jonathan Richardson the elder, 1725 June 10, [1737] June 17 and n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618008

From the description of Autograph letters signed (6) : "Twitnam," to Benjamin Motte, [1727] June 30-1732 Aug. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270617995

From the description of Verses To the Memory of a Lady, who dy'd by the barbarity and neglect of her Family : manuscript, not autograph, [n.d. but ca. 1717]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618071

From the description of Collection of autograph letters : London, to the Earl of Orrery, 1735 July 12- 1744 May 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618035

From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : Twitnam, to Jonathan Richardson the elder, 1742 July 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618032

From the description of Sandys's ghost, or, A proper new ballad on the new Ovid's Metamorphosis : autograph manuscript, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618060

From the description of Autograph letter : place not specified, to Lord Bathurst, [1735 Oct.?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618029

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1740 Oct. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700048624

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1740 Nov. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700048826

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, 1740 Dec. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700056384

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Twickenham, to the Earl of Orrery, 1735 Oct. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699511777

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to the Earl of Orrery, [1735] July 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 699501687

From the description of Collection of autograph letters and documents signed, 1708-1768 1714-1744. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702153573

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to William Fortescue, 1736 Aug. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701731795

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to William Fortescue, [1734 Nov.] 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701730593

From the description of Autograph letter : place not specified, to William Fortescue, [1735 July 13]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701730851

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, 1740 Sept. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701734644

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to William Fortescue, [1729/30] Feb. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701734690

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, [1731] May 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701719510

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bath, to the Earl of Orrery, [1741] Jan. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 700218074

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to [William Fortescue], 1738 Dec. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701733757

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, Saturday [1734 May]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701719950

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, Thursday [1729 May 15]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701735624

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bristol, to William Fortescue, [1739] Nov. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701732158

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, Wednesday [1738/9 Feb.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701732093

From the description of Autograph letter : place not specified, to William Fortescue, [1736] Aug. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701731855

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, [1724/25] Mar. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701734714

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, [1728/9 Jan. or Feb.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701730656

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, 1738 Sept. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701731947

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to William Fortescue, [1744 Apr. 7 or 14]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701734255

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to Jonathan Richardson, Friday night [1721 or later]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701924017

Pope was an 18th-century British poet, satirist, and translator of Homer's works.

From the description of [Receipt] / A. Pope. [between 1713 and 1715?] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 319635800

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) the poet. For details of his life and writings see the Dictionary of National Biography.

From the guide to the Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit, attributed to Alexander Pope, ca. 1710, (Leeds University Library)

A general outline of the life and works of the poet Alexander Pope can be found in the Dictionary of National Biography ; there are also numerous biographical and critical evaluations. Hugh Bethell inherited the manor and estate of Rise, in East Yorkshire, from his uncle, Sir Hugh Bethell. He was prominent in the early development of Arabian bloodstock in the breeding of English racehorses, through his ownership of the stallion known as Bethell's Arabian.

From the guide to the Letter from Alexander Pope to Hugh Bethell, 1744, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

Biography

Alexander Pope (May 21, 1688 - May 30, 1744) was one of the most influential and successful writers of the eighteenth century, despite a physical disability and his Catholic faith during a Protestant regime. Pope participated in the first stirrings of the modern copyright system by engaging himself with the question of literary propriety and ownership as an alternative to private patronage.

This interest, as well as his fame and temper, led to numerous altercations with the infamously amoral publisher Edmund Curll. This letter is evidence of one of their most important quarrels, though hardly the last. In 1726 Curll published an unauthorized version of the correspondence of Pope and Henry Cromwell (Cromwell's mistress apparently procured him the letters), and – skipping ahead over a number of skirmishes – in 1733 Pope began to engineer an elaborate plot to strike back. He desired to publish an authorized collection of his own correspondence.

Using a variety of stratagems, he conveyed without using his name a large number of his letters, already printed and edited by himself, to Curll in 1735. There is some question as to how long Curll was really fooled by Pope's manipulations, but on 12 May 1735 Curll published a two volume collection of Pope's letters. The resulting wrangling and counter-wrangling included Pope's running newspaper advertisements denouncing Curll's edition as spurious, while at the same time, as noted in his letter to William Fortescue, having Thomas Cooper claim copyright and publish an edition of the letters to compete with Curll's in late May. Curll claimed in advertisements to be in possession of letters from Francis Atterbury to Pope and promised their publication in a new edition; Cooper censured the claim (correctly) as false, Curll attempted legal recourse against Cooper's competition, and Pope (in this letter) consulted William Fortescue, his friend and legal adviser, on the mess. Pope finally put forth an elaborate authorized edition of his own in 1737.

William Fortescue was a close friend of Pope's, as well as a lawyer, Master of the Rolls, and MP. He is also the admonishing second speaker in Pope's First Imitation of Horace (Sat. II.i).

From the guide to the Alexander Pope [Letter, 1735 June 22?, to William Fortescue], 1735 June 22?, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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