This is the first study to assess the entire career of Alexander Pope (1688–1744) in relation to the political issues of his time.

Introduction Part I: William and Anne, 1688-1714 1 Nature and Nurture 2 The Flowers of the Forest 3 The Piping Time of Peace Part II: George I, 1714-27 4 Civil and Religious Rage 5 Toil, Trouble, South Sea Bubble 6 A Dull Duty and a Public Cause Part III: George II, 1727-44 7 Dunce the Second Reigns 8 Libels and Satires 9 Friendship and Opposition Epilogue: After Walpole