THE HISTORY OF POMPEY THE LITTLE
by
FRANCIS COVENTRY

Introduction

 

            The History of Pompey the Little was a best-seller in the 1750's but has been almost wholly forgotten. Purporting to tell the life of the eponymous lap-dog, it is a series of vignettes of both high and low life; the high life being that of various titled ladies, and the low including a beggar and a starving poet, who in turn become his owners. Many of the ladies were believed to be identifiable characters in the London of the time, though not everyone agreed with the particular identifications. The style is light and easy to read, and the vignettes of 18th-Century life, whether high or low, both accurate and charming.

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