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Swift and Pope
Satirists in Dialogue

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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521761239

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  • Swift and Pope were lifelong friends and fellow satirists with shared literary sensibilities. But there were significant differences – demographic, psychological, and literary – between them: an Anglican and a Roman Catholic, an Irishman and an Englishman, one deeply committed to politically engaged poetry, and the other reluctant to engage in partisanship and inclined to distinguish poetry from politics. Dustin Griffin argues that we need to pay more attention to those differences, which both authors recognised and discussed. Their letters, poems, and satires can be read as stages in an ongoing conversation or satiric dialogue: each often wrote for the other, sometimes addressing him directly, sometimes emulating or imitating. In some sense, each was constantly replying to the other. From their lifelong dialogue emerges not only the extraordinary affection and admiration they felt for each other, but also the occasional irritation and resentment that kept them both together and apart.

    • Examines the interrelations between correspondence and literary works
    • Includes Swift–Pope chronology tracking the two writers through their careers
    • Cites from new edition of Swift's letters and new editions of works by Swift and Pope
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… one of the most useful and lucid critical monographs I have encountered in the last half-decade …' Eighteenth-Century Studies

    'Griffin's [Swift and Pope] is a rewarding read; a detailed and often moving portrait of one of the great literary friendships.' Louise Curran, English Studies

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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521761239
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    A Swift–Pope chronology
    Introduction: conversing interchangeably
    1. The four last years of Queen Anne
    2. Drive the world before them
    3. Satyrist and philosopher
    4. In the manner of Dr Swift
    5. Last things
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Dustin Griffin
    Dustin Griffin is Professor Emeritus of English at New York University.

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