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Bangor University
Alexander Pope Letters

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS ALP

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Alexander Pope Letters

Short Title: Alexander Pope Letters

Creation date(s): 1720 June- 1743 June

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 18 items

Name of creator(s): Alexander Pope


Administrative/Biographical history: Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744), poet, was the son of a Roman Catholic linen-draper from London. As a boy, Pope suffered from ill health, which affected his growth and normal physical development. He was largely self-educated and showed his precocious poetical aptitude at a young age, writing his Pastorals , when in his mid teens.
He was introduced to London life by Wycherley, and soon became involved in literary circles including Addison's group and later the Scriblerus Club, which included Swift, Gay and Arbuthot. Early works, which sealed his reputation, include Essay on Criticism (1711), Messiah (1712) and The Rape of the Lock in the same year, to which he later added more material and republished, in 1714.
His translations of Homer's Iliad (1715-20) and the Odyssey (1725-6) further added to his reputation and brought financial independence. In 1718, he moved to Twickenham with his mother, where he spent the rest of his life, devoting much time to his garden and grotto. He also spent a considerable amount of time during his later years working on the publication of his correspondence.
For further details of Pope's life and work, see details provided by the Oxford Companion to English Literature (1995).


Scope and content/abstract: Comprises 18 letters from Alexander Pope to his friend, the lawyer and politician, William Fortescue, dated 1720-1743. The letters relate to the comings and goings of Pope's life, referring to mutual friends and acquaintances, and the work and health of both men.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 375

Language codes: eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented by Mrs R. Rathbone, Ivy Lodge.


Publication note: Letters in this collection were published in The Works of Alexander Pope, Letters, Volume IV , by John Wilson Croker, with introduction and notes by Whitwell Elwin and William John Courthope, London (1886).


Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, March 2002.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Poets, English | 18th century
Pope, Alexander, | 1688-1744 | Correspondence

Personal names
Fortescue , William , 1687-1749
Pope , Alexander , 1688-1744

Corporate names


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