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"A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ;
While from the bounded level of our mind
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise
New distant scenes of endless science rise !
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ;
The eternal snows appear already past,
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ;
But those attained, we tremble to survey
The growing labours of the lengthened way ;
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
Hill peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise !"

--Alexander Pope, from Essay on Criticism


1700 The Way of the World and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
1709 The Works of George Berkeley
1711 Works of Alexander Pope. Includes An Essay on Criticism, An Essay on Man, The Rape of the Lock, Moral Essays, Poetical Works (in 2 Volumes) and The Iliad, ... Fr. Vincent De Paul (as Translator) (mobi)
1719 Robinson Crusoe (Norton Critical Editions)
1721 Persian Letters (Penguin Classics)
1726 Gulliver's Travels (Norton Critical Editions)
1728 The Beggar's Opera (Penguin Classics)
1731 Manon Lescaut (Oxford World's Classics)
1738 The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics)
1739 Works of David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, The Natural ... Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (mobi)
1751 Selected Poems of Thomas Gray, Charles Churchill and William Cowper (Penguin Classics)
1752 A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (Oxford World's Classics)
1752 The Female Quixote: or The Adventures of Arabella (Oxford World's Classics)
1752 Smart: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
1759 Candide (A Norton Critical Edition)
1759 Tristram Shandy (Norton Critical Editions)
1759 Tom Jones (Norton Critical Editions)
1761 Rameau's Nephew and D'Alembert's Dream (Penguin Classics)
1762 The Poems of Ossian and Related Works: James Macpherson
1762 The Social Contract (Penguin Classics)
1764 The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (Oxford World's Classics)
1766 The Vicar of Wakefield (Oxford World's Classics)
1771 Humphry Clinker (Norton Critical Editions)
1771 Jacques the Fatalist (Oxford World's Classics)
1773 The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld
1774 The Sorrows of Young Werther (Penguin Classics)
1776 The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)
1776 The Wealth of Nations: Books 1-3 (Penguin Classics) (Bks.1-3)
1777 The School for Scandal and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics)
1778 Evelina (Oxford World's Classics)
1779 William Cowper: Selected Poems (Fyfield Books)
1780 Smart: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
1782 The Confessions (Penguin Classics)
1782 Dangerous Liaisons (Penguin Classics)
1785 The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings
1786 Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
1786 Vathek (Oxford World's Classics)
1789 The Natural History of Selborne
1789 Blake's Poetry and Designs (Norton Critical Editions)
1791 The Life of Samuel Johnson (Penguin Classics)
1791 Thomas Paine : Collected Writings : Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters (Library of America)
1792 A vindication of the rights of Woman
1794 The Mysteries of Udolpho (Penguin Classics)
1794 Caleb Williams (Penguin Classics)
1796 Camilla (Oxford World's Classics)
1796 The Monk (Oxford World's Classics)
1797 The Italian (Oxford World's Classics)
1797 The Poetical Works of Robert Southey, complete in one volume.
1798 Plays on the Passions (Broadview Literary Texts)
1799 Selected Poems and Fragments (Penguin Classics) (English and German Edition)

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