Alexander Pope Bibliography

Essay on Criticism 1711
Pope’s contribution to the debate, begun in France, between the Ancients and Moderns; supporting the Ancients (‘Moderns beware!’) earned Pope’s the praise of Voltaire as the ‘the Boileau of England’.
The Rape of the Lock 1713
Iliad 1715
Translated and sold in instalments by subscription between 1715 and 1720, a new practice at the time for which Pope made nine thousand pounds. Some contemporary critics claimed Pope’s use of pentameter couplets failed to capture the grandeur of Homer’s unrhymed hexameters. Dr. Bentley remarked: “a very pretty poem, Mr Pope; but you must not call it Homer.”
The Dunciad, Books 1-3 1728
An Essay on Man 1733
Published in 1733-34, the Essay was translated and enjoyed great success in France. It was printed in French more than sixty times before 1789. Pope’s deism found an echo in the French deists, while the themes of order, harmony and optimism were readily assimulated by a public who had been prepared for them by Leibniz’s philosophy. Voltaire’s seven Discours en vers sur l’homme (1734-70) were inspired by the Essay, while Zadig (1748) registers clearly Pope’s influence.
The Memoirs of . . . Martinus Scriblerus 1741
First published in the 1741 edition of Pope’s works, but largely written as early as 1713-14 by the members of the Scriblerus club whose most important members were Arbuthnot, Swift, Pope and Gray, and which aimed to ridicule bad literature and false learning. According to Pope, the Memoirs were designed “to have ridiculed all the false tastes in learning, under the character of a man of capacity enough, that had dipped into every art and science, but injudiciously in each.”
The Collected Works of Alexander Pope 1751
Edited by William Warburton and containing the now-famous quotation by Richard Bentley: “I hold it as certain, that no Man was ever written out of Reputation but by himself.”