Publisher description for Memoirs of the extraordinary life, works and discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus / Alexander Pope and John Arbuthonot.
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Rich with hilarious episodes, Scriblerus is an ingenious satire of false learning and bad taste that has much to say to the pseudo-intellectual world of today. By taking one ambitious father and his determination to do everything in his power to produce a child of genius, Pope exposes the true folly of the men of his age and their absurd veneration of the ancients. As this hallowed child grows into a man, it becomes clear that instead of being the scholar his father so desired, he is simply the inevitable offspring of a laughable generation of pseudo-intellectuals and literati.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Pedantry -- Fiction.
Pride and vanity -- Fiction.
Scholars -- Fiction.