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Resemblance and Disgrace: Alexander Pope and the Deformation of Culture
Between the figure of Alexander Pope, a hunchback standing barely 4 feet 6 inches tall, and the form of his poetry is an undeniable contradiction. Undeniable but not necessarily unfortunate, this contradiction of deformity and form may have been Pope's ultimate couplet, Helen Deutsch suggests, the paradox from which his contemporary cultural authority sprang. By restoring ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Harvard University Press
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The prose can be really frustrating at times. Nevertheless the book's central effort of examining Pope in light of his skill at claiming a central place in the culture not only in spite of but owing to his deformed body is largely convincing. This metaphor of making a strength of weakness run throughout the book. By far the best section has to do with Pope's Horatian epistles, bolstered by Deutsch's incredibly rich engagement with Horace's original texts.