Scriblerus Club


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Scriblerus Club,

English literary group formed about 1713 to satirize "all the false tastes in learning." Among its chief members were Arbuthnot, Gay, Thomas Parnell, Pope, and Swift. Meetings of the club were discontinued after 1714. The club's major production, "Memoirs of … Martinus Scriblerus," was published in Pope's prose works in 1741, although it is considered to be primarily the work of Arbuthnot. The influence of the club is seen in Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Pope's Dunciad.

Bibliography

See A. Pope et al., Memoirs of the Extraordinary Life, Works and Discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus (ed. by C. Kerby-Miller, 1950; repr. 1966).

References in classic literature ?
His association, first and last, with literary men was unusually broad; when politics estranged him from Steele and Addison he drew close to Pope and other Tory writers in what they called the Scriblerus Club.
Lord Bathurst told me that the members of the Scriblerus club being met at his house at dinner, they agreed to rally Berkeley, who was also his guest, on his scheme at Bermudas.
This aspect of the Scriblerus Club is the burden of Patricia Bruckmann's A Manner of Correspondence [Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's up, 1997].