An Essay on Man

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5.98 X 0.24 X 9.02 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author
Tom Jones teaches English at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of Pope and Berkeley: The Language of Poetry and Philosophy.
Jones's edition makes the energetically paradoxical Essay on Man accessible.... The introduction is extensive and excellent.---Robert Phiddian, Australian Book Review
"This is a definitive, reader-friendly edition of a poem that ought to be circulated as widely as possible. The textual commentary is a model of its kind--lucid, full, rich in insight, and especially good at tracking down and elucidating the allusions in which the poem abounds. The introduction is also an exemplary piece of literary scholarship."--Brian Young, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
"Tom Jones's edition of An Essay on Man is an impressive achievement. His introduction and notes are deeply learned and useful. They synthesize much of what we know about the poem's composition, publication, sources, analogues, and influence, but also present fresh, original insights into its meanings and importance as a document of eighteenth-century intellectual history. The sophistication with which Jones treats the philosophical contexts of the poem is exceptional."--James Noggle, Wellesley College
"This is a very good edition. The lively and wide-ranging introduction is attentive to both the original context and continuing relevance of Pope's poem."--David Womersley, St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford
An Essay on Man . . . was one of the most widely disseminated and well-known publications of the 18th century, notably impacting Enlightenment writers Voltaire, David Hume, Adam Smith, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Jones provides a reliable modern version.--Library Journal
The book is exemplary in its scholarship. [Jones] has unearthed a multiplicity of references and illuminates the antecedents of Pope's ideas with authority. This is an edition which should be recommended to every student and teacher of the poem.... There is no sensible criticism that could be levelled at his work in this volume.--Penniless Press