Alexander Pope: The Critical Heritage

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THE DUNCIAD IN FOUR BOOKS

19 October 1743

This was the final version of The Dunciad, in which Colley Cibber replaced Theobald as the hero.


94.

'Orator' Henley on The Dunciad (1743)

1743

John Henley, extracts from Why How now, Gossip Pope? Or, The Sweet Singing-Bird of Parnassus taken out of its pretty Cage to be roastedā€¦. Exposing the Malice Wickedness and Vanity of his aspersions on J.H[enley] in That Monument of his own Misery and Spleen, the Dunciad (1743), pp. 10-13, 16. Published on 3 March 1743. This edition, the only one available to the editor, has on the title page 'Printed in 1736', though the references to Crousaz suggest a later date. 'Orator' Henley (1692-1756), a minor eccentric, and an engagingly megalomaniac polymath rather in intention than ability, set up his 'Oratory' in 'Newport-Market, Butcher-Row'. According to Pope 'he preach'd on the Sundays Theological matters, and on the Wednesdays upon all other Sciences' (note to The Dunciad (A), iii. 195, Twickenham, v. 173). Henley's account, biased as it probably is, nevertheless suggests the very large and wide-ranging audience commanded by Pope, and the support he received from the 'polite' (and foppish) part of the Town. Henley's running battle with Pope was carried on by sermons at his Oratory, by newspaper advertisements (1728-44), and in his Hyp-Doctor, rather than through the medium of pamphlets.

I intended to animadvert regularly on your Facts, your Reasonings from them, and your Amplifications on both; but I have found myself reduc'd to the last, which have neither Facts nor Reasonings for the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • General Editor's Preface v
  • Acknowledgments vi
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations xiv
  • Preface xv
  • I - Introduction 1
  • Note on the Text 39
  • Part I - Contemporary Criticism 41
  • General Reactions 43
  • Pastorals 59
  • An Essay on Criticism 71
  • Messiah, a Sacred Eclogue 87
  • Windsor Forest 89
  • The Rape of the Lock 93
  • Iliad 114
  • A Roman Catholick Version of the First Psalm 139
  • Eloisa to Abelard 140
  • Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady 143
  • Epitaph on John Hewet and Sarah Drew in the Churchyard at Stanton Harcourt 144
  • General Reactions 147
  • Odyssey 164
  • The Dunciad 208
  • The Dunciad Variorum 219
  • General Reactions 236
  • 'Ethick Epistles' (An Abandoned Project) 263
  • Moral Essays Iv: Epistle to Burlington, of Taste 265
  • Moral Essays Iii: to Allen Lord Bathurst, of the Use of Riches 268
  • Imitations of Horace, Satire Ii. I 269
  • An Essay on Man 278
  • Epitaph on Mr. Gay in Westminster Abbey 317
  • Imitations of Horace: Serm. I. II (Sober Advice from Horace) 319
  • An Epistle from Mr. Pope to Dr. Arbuthnot 329
  • Epilogue to the Satires: Dialogue II 331
  • The New Dunciad: As It Was Found in the Year 1741 333
  • The Dunciad in Four Books 342
  • A Final Tribute 346
  • Part II - Later Criticism 351
  • Appendix A 529
  • Appendix B 532
  • Bibliography 537
  • Index 539
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