The Resource An essay on man, Alexander Pope ; edited with an introduction by Tom Jones

An essay on man, Alexander Pope ; edited with an introduction by Tom Jones

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An essay on man
Title
An essay on man
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Alexander Pope ; edited with an introduction by Tom Jones
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Language
eng
Summary
"Voltaire called it "the most sublime didactic poem ever written in any language." Rousseau rhapsodized about its intellectual consolations. Kant recited long passages of it from memory during his lectures. And Adam Smith and David Hume drew inspiration from it in their writings. This was Alexander Pope's Essay on Man (1733-34), a masterpiece of philosophical poetry, one of the most important and controversial works of the Enlightenment, and one of the most widely read, imitated, and discussed poems of eighteenth-century Europe and America. This volume, which presents the first major new edition of the poem in more than fifty years, introduces this essential work to a new generation of readers, recapturing the excitement and illuminating the debates it provoked from the moment of its publication. Echoing Milton's purpose in Paradise Lost, Pope says his aim in An Essay on Man is to "vindicate the ways of God to man"--To explain the existence of evil and explore man's place in the universe. In a comprehensive introduction, Tom Jones describes the poem as an investigation of the fundamental question of how people should behave in a world they experience as chaotic, but which they suspect to be orderly from some higher point of view. The introduction provides a thorough discussion of the poem's attitudes, themes, composition, context, and reception, and reassesses the work's place in history. Extensive annotations to the text explain references and allusions. The result is the most accessible, informative, and reader-friendly edition of the poem in decades and an invaluable book for students and scholars of eighteenth-century literature and thought."--
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Provided by publisher
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DLC
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1688-1744
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Pope, Alexander
Dewey number
821/.5
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3627.A2
LC item number
J66 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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1975-
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Jones, Tom
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  • Philosophy, English
  • Human beings
  • POETRY
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Human beings
  • Philosophy, English
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An essay on man, Alexander Pope ; edited with an introduction by Tom Jones
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
cxviii, 130 pages
Isbn
9780691159812
Lccn
2015044289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)926820104
  • 669677
  • (OCoLC)ocn926820104
  • 669677
Label
An essay on man, Alexander Pope ; edited with an introduction by Tom Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
cxviii, 130 pages
Isbn
9780691159812
Lccn
2015044289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)926820104
  • 669677
  • (OCoLC)ocn926820104
  • 669677

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