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Alexander Pope was born in London. His grandfather was an Anglican vicar, but his father, a cloth merchant, converted to Catholicism.

Although a brilliant student, Alexander Pope's early education was erratic, since institutionalized prejudices against his family's Catholicism kept forcing him to switch schools, and finally he studied at home.

In 1700, when he was a young adolescent, Alexander Pope contracted tuberculosis, leaving him with a lifetime of respiratory problems and poor health. He was also quite short, under 5 feet tall, and had a hunched back. In the aggressive literary battles fought by the London intelligentsia, his critics labeled Alexander Pope the "hunchbacked toad."

Despite his physical limitations, Pope rose to become the preeminent English essayist, satirist, and poet of the era.

Poems by Alexander Pope

Recommended Books: Alexander Pope

The Poems of Alexander Pope Essay on Man and Other Poems: (Dover Thrift Editions) Alexander Pope: Selected Poetry Alexander Pope The Complete Critical Guide to Alexander Pope
The Rape of the Lock

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RPO - Selected Poetry of Alexander Pope

Several peoms and a good, but brief biography of Alexander Pope.

Alexander Pope

Online biography.

Island of Freedom - Alexander Pope

A brief biography and a few selected poems.

Catholic Encyclopedia: Alexander Pope

An extended biography online.
Alexander Pope