MS. Douce 201: the story of a curious manuscript of eighteenth-century satires

Dr Paddy Bullard, Associate Professor of English Literature and Book History, University of Reading
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13:00 - 13:45
Weston Library
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Lecture Theatre

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Lectures and seminars
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The Bodleian’s Douce manuscripts include a curious volume of unpublished poems, MS. Douce 201, dated c.1750, and transcribed in a grand, uneven calligraphic hand. The six works it contains are English satires by an unknown author. Together they represent a uniquely obsessive act of homage to Alexander Pope, marked by expert engagement and deep resentment. Dr Paddy Bullard looks at recent research that has identified the author of MS. Douce 201, and uses it to piece together the extraordinary story of the manuscript’s creation.