Pope, Print, and Meaning

Hardcover | September 15, 2001

byJames McLaverty

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Throughout his life, Pope was fascinated by print. He loved its elements: dropped heads, italics, small capitals; fine paper and good ink; headpieces, tailpieces, initials, and plates. And he loved playing games with publication: anonymity, pseudonymity, false imprints, fake title-pages,advertisements, special editions, and variant texts.This is the first study to take Pope's experiments in print as a guide to interpretation. Each chapter is devoted to a particular book or text and focuses on how Pope expresses meaning through print. The Rape of the Lock, Dunciad Variorum, Essay on Man, early imitations of Horace, and Epistle to DrArbuthnot are read through their illustrations, annotations, parallel texts, title-pages, and revisions. Independent chapters are devoted to Pope's Works of 1717 and 1735-6, discussing his self-presentation and his relation to his readers. He emerges from the study as a figure marginalized socially,politically, and sexually, an author who gambles with his private life in confronting his opponents.

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Throughout his life, Pope was fascinated by print. He loved its elements: dropped heads, italics, small capitals; fine paper and good ink; headpieces, tailpieces, initials, and plates. And he loved playing games with publication: anonymity, pseudonymity, false imprints, fake title-pages,advertisements, special editions, and variant te...

James McLaverty is at Senior Lecturer in English at Keele University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsShort Titles1. Introduction2. The Rape of the Lock: From Miscellany Endpiece to Illustrated Independence3. The Works of 1717: Building a Monument4. The Dunciad Variorum: The Limits of Dialogue5. An Essay on Man and Harte's Essay on Reason: Title-pages and Implied Authorship6. The First and Second Satires of the Second Book of Horace: Parallel Texts7. To Arbuthnot and Sober Advice: Revision, Sexuality, and the Public Sphere8. The Works of 1735-6: Pope's NotesWorks CitedIndex

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`McLaverty's book describes the ways in which Pope used the resources of print - typography, headpieces and tailpieces, title pages, annotations, illustrations - to control the reception of his work McLaverty shows how all Pope's means of publication shaped the meaning of his work for hiscontemporaries.'John Mullan, Times Literary Supplement