Alexander Pope: The Critical Heritage

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THE NEW DUNCIAD: AS IT WAS FOUND IN THE YEAR 1741

20 March 1742

This version of the poem includes book iv for the first time. Theobald, however, remains the hero.


90.

The reaction of Shenstone and Grey

March-April 1742


(a) William Shenstone (1714-63), extract from letter to Rev. William Jago, [March 1742], The Letters of William Shenstone, ed. Majorie Williams (Oxford, 1939), p. 44:

The Dunciad is, doubtless, Mr. Pope's dotage, ['the dreams of Zeus']; flat in the whole, and including, with several tolerable lines, a number of weak, obscure, and even punning ones.


(b) Thomas Gray (1716-71), extract from letter to Gilbert West, c. 1 April 1742, The Correspondence of Thomas Gray, ed. Paget Toynbee and Leonard Whibley (1935), i. 189:

As to the Dunciad, it is greatly admired: the Genii of Operas and Schools [iv. 45ff.], with their attendants, the pleas of the Virtuosos and Florists [iv. 347ff.], and the yawn of dulness in the end [iv. 650ff.], are as fine as anything he has written. The Metaphysician's part [iv. 239ff.] is to me the worst; and here and there a few ill-expressed lines, and some hardly intelligible.

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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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