Memoirs of the extraordinary life, works, and discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus Alexander Pope


The Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus, of which we have only the first book, is a curious collection of satires on the learned; it contains much wit, but a good deal of the satire cannot be understood without considerable knowledge of metaphysics and medicine. The earlier part of the work, which relates to the parentage and bringing-up of Scriblerus, gave many hints to Sterne for his account of Tristram Shandy and his father. Martin was born at Münster, the son of a learned gentleman, Cornelius, by profession an antiquary. When the child was born, his father remembered that the cradle of Hercules was a shield, and, finding an antique buckler, he determined that the child should be laid on it and brought into the study and shown to learned men; but the maid-servant, having regard to her reputation for cleanliness, scoured the shield and, in so doing, showed that a certain prominency, on which the antiquaries had speculated, was nothing but the head of a nail. The nurse was indignant at the father’s views about the proper food for the infant and about its early education. He found an assistant in a boy called Crambe, who had a great store of words and composed a treatise on syllogisms. Martin had the Greek alphabet stamped on his gingerbread, played games after the manner of the ancients and wore a geographical suit of clothes. Afterwards, he became a critic, practised medicine, studied the diseases of the mind, and endeavoured to find out the seat of the soul. Then, he went on his travels, and visited the countries mentioned in Gulliver’s Travels.

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Pope, Alexander
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Dublin, George Faulkner,
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Table des matières

  • 1. CHAP. I. Of the Parentage and Family of Scriblerus, how he was begot, what Care was taken of him before he was born, and what Prodigies attended his Birth.
  • 2. CHAP. II. The Speech of Cornelius over his Son, at the Hour of his Birth.
  • 3. CHAP. III. Shewing what befel the Doctor's Son and his Shield, on the Day of the Christ'ning.
  • 4. CHAP. IV. Of the Suction and Nutrition of the Great Scriblerus in his Infancy, and of the first Rudiments of his Learning.
  • 5. CHAP. V. A Dissertation upon Play-things.
  • 6. CHAP. VI. Of the Gymnasticks, in what Exercises Martinus was educated; something concerning Musick, and what sort of a Man his Uncle was.
  • 7. CHAP. VII. Rhetorick, Logick, and Metaphysicks.
  • 9. CHAP. IX. How Martin become a grat Critick.
  • 10. CHAP. X. Of Martinus's Uncommon Practice of Physick, and how he apply'd himself to the Diseases of the Mind.
  • 11. CHAP. XI. The Case of a young Nobleman at Court, with the Doctor's Prescription for the same.
  • 12. CHAP. XII. How Martinus endeavoured to find out the Seat of the Soul, and of his Correspondence with the Free-Thinkers.
    • To the learned Inquisitor into Nature, MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS: The Society of Free-Thinkers greeting.
    • To the most amiable LINDAMIRA,
  • 14. CHAP. XV. Of the strange, and never to be parallell'd Process at Law upon the Marriage of Scriblerus, and the Pleadings of the Advocates.
  • 15. CHAP. XVI. Of the Secession of Martinus, and some Hints of his Travels.
  • 16. CHAP. XVII. Of the Discoveries and Works of the Great Scriblerus, made and to be made, written and to be written, known and unknown.


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