Although marginalised by his Roman Catholic faith (and severe disability) from the society of his day, Alexander Pope’s (1688–1744) intellectual brilliance and satirical wit placed him at the centre of the literary circles that included Addison, Steele, John Gay and Jonathan Swift. He was the first poet to raise a fortune solely on his poetry, and his most famous works include An Essay on Criticism (1711), An Essay on Man (1733–34), The Rape of the Lock (1714), his series of moral Epistles (1731–35), and The Dunciad (1728, but revised until 1743), as well adaptations of Horace and an extremely successful translation of Homer.
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