The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the Augustan Age

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Acknowledgments

Parts of chapter 6 appeared in my article "The Battle of the Books and the Shield of Achilles", Eighteenth-Century Life 9 ( 1984): 33-61; and chapter 8 appeared as "Bentley's Milton: Philology and Criticism in Eighteenth-Century England", Journal of the History of Ideas 50 ( 1989): 549-68. I am grateful to the editors of both journals for allowing me to use them here. Readers may find echoes of two other pieces written long ago. "Ancients, Moderns, and History", in Studies in Change and Revolution, edited by Paul Korshin (Menston, Yorkshire: Scolar Press, 1972); and "Ancients and Moderns Reconsidered", Eighteenth-Century Studies 15 ( 1981): 72-89, where I first set forth some of the ideas in this book, and I am grateful to their editors as well for any reminiscences that may appear here. I am also much indebted to Syracuse University for time and support for a work that has been long in the making, and to the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for a precious fellowship. In the later stages of writing and rewriting, I enjoyed the hospitality of two great institutions whose staffs and facilities were wonderfully helpful: the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. And I was able to use a part of my Guggenheim fellowship for a last revision. I owe a particular debt to Anthony Grafton, who read the manuscript and offered many valuable suggestions, and to many other friends who gave encouragement and criticism over the years, especially Donald Kelley and Michael Harris. My greatest debt, as always, is to my family. to my wife, DeeDee, and to my children, Peter and Caroline, who have read and criticized as well as lived with this work from the very beginning. I hope I may follow it soon with another that will treat some of the other issues and separate events in the quarrel between the ancients and the moderns which I have been forced to omit here. But it may perhaps be better to keep in mind

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - Literature 11
  • Chapter One - Wotton Vs. Temple 13
  • Chapter Two - Bentley Vs. Christ Church 47
  • Chapter Three - Stroke and Counterstroke 85
  • Chapter Four - The Querelle 121
  • Chapter Five - Ancient Greece and Modern Scholarship 148
  • Chapter Six - Pope's Iliad 181
  • Chapter Seven - Pope and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns 218
  • Chapter Eight - Bentley's Milton 245
  • Part Two - History 265
  • Chapter Nine - History and Theory 267
  • Chapter Ten - Ancients 291
  • Chapter Eleven - Moderns 327
  • Chapter Twelve - Ancients and Moderns 374
  • Conclusion 414
  • Index 419
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