Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive
The Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive — ECPA — is a peer-reviewed, award-winning digital archive and research project devoted to the poetry of the long eighteenth century. ECPA builds on the electronic texts created by the Text Creation Partnership from Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).
- browse authors by names, dates of birth, or gender;
- browse works ( text versions) by titles, first lines, themes, or genres;
- view high-quality digital facsimiles of select source editions of the texts used by ECPA;
- use the built-in digital tools to augment the close reading process of individual poems;
- contribute and share textual notes and glosses, readings and interpretations, observations and suggestions, via easy-to-use forms (just click on any line or word);
- use the collaborative potential in the classroom to increase student engagement with the texts;
- consult the resources (chronology, gallery, bibliography, etc.) for your further engagement with the field.
ECPA is currently released in beta and is being constantly updated (end of beta is May 2019). Follow ECPA on Twitter to be kept informed of developments. Upcoming updates include:
- increasing the number of authors and works represented (currently in preparation: Hannah Brand, James Boswell, Mary Alcock, Robert Burns);
- implementing a number of adapted and original visualizations in our visualization view (2018-ongoing);
- exploring formal ontological modelling techniques, using domain ontologies such as CIDOC CRM and POSTDATA, in our modelling view (expected 2019).
Works in ECPA
- [FABLE ] INTRODUCTION TO THE FABLES. The Shepherd and the Philosopher. ()
- FABLE  I. The Lyon, the Tyger, and the Traveller. ()
- FABLE  II. The Spaniel and the Cameleon. ()
- FABLE  III. The Mother, the Nurse, and the Fairy. ()
- FABLE  IV. The Eagle, and the Assembly of Animals. ()
- FABLE  V. The Wild Boar and the Ram. ()
- FABLE  VI. The Miser and Plutus. ()
- FABLE  VII. The Lyon, the Fox, and the Geese. ()
- FABLE  VIII. The Lady and the Wasp. ()
- FABLE  IX. The Bull and the Mastiff. ()
- FABLE  X. The Elephant and the Bookseller. ()
- FABLE  XI. The Peacock, the Turkey, and Goose. ()
- FABLE  XII. Cupid, Hymen, and Plutus. ()
- FABLE  XIII. The tame Stag. ()
- FABLE  XIV. The Monkey who had seen the World. ()
- FABLE  XV. The Philosopher and the Pheasants. ()
- FABLE  XVI. The Pin and the Needle. ()
- FABLE  XVII. The Shepherd's Dog and the Wolf. ()
- FABLE  XVIII. The Painter who pleased No body and Every body. ()
- FABLE  XIX. The Lyon and the Cub. ()
- FABLE  XX. The Old Hen and the Cock. ()
- FABLE  XXI. The Rat-catcher and Cats. ()
- FABLE  XXII. The Goat without a beard. ()
- FABLE  XXIII. The Old Woman and her Cats. ()
- FABLE  XXIV. The Butterfly and the Snail. ()
- FABLE  XXV. The Scold and the Parrot. ()
- FABLE  XXVI. The Cur and the Mastiff. ()
- FABLE  XXVII. The Sick Man and the Angel. ()
- FABLE  XXVIII. The Persian, the Sun and the Cloud. ()
- FABLE  XXIX. The Fox at the point of death. ()
- FABLE  XXX. The Setting-dog and the Partridge. ()
- FABLE  XXXI. The Universal Apparition. ()
- FABLE  XXXII. The two Owls and the Sparrow. ()
- FABLE  XXXIII. The Courtier and Proteus. ()
- FABLE  XXXIV. The Mastiffs. ()
- FABLE  XXXV. The Barley-mow and the Dung-hill. ()
- FABLE  XXXVI. Pythagoras and the Countryman. ()
- FABLE  XXXVII. The Farmer's Wife and the Raven. ()
- FABLE  XXXVIII. The Turkey and the Ant. ()
- FABLE  XXXIX. The Father and Jupiter. ()
- FABLE  XL. The two Monkeys. ()
- FABLE  XLI. The Owl and the Farmer. ()
- FABLE  XLII. The Jugglers. ()
- FABLE  XLIII. The Council of Horses. ()
- FABLE  XLIV. The Hound and the Huntsman. ()
- FABLE  XLV. The Poet and the Rose. ()
- FABLE  XLVI. The Cur, the Horse, and the Shepherd's Dog. ()
- FABLE  XLVII. The Court of Death. ()
- FABLE  XLVIII. The Gardener and the Hog. ()
- FABLE  XLIX. The Man and the Flea. ()
- FABLE  L. The Hare and many Friends. ()
- FABLES. By Mr. GAY. London: Printed for J. Tonson and J. Watts, MDCCXXVII., 1727. ,173,p.: ill.; 4°. (ESTC T13818)
Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Vol. III, 1700-1800 . London: Mansell, 1986-1997. Pt. 2 Gay-Philips. 3-13. Print. 4 volumes.
Burgess, C. F., ed. The Letters of John Gay. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966. Print.
Dearing, Vinton A., introd. John Gay. Fables (1727, 1738). Augustan Reprint Society Special Series. Los Angeles: Clark Memorial Library, UCLC, 1967. Print.
Dearing, Vinton A., ed. with Charles E. Beckwith. John Gay. Poetry and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974. Print. 2 volumes.
Graham, Albert E. John Gay's 'Fables', Edited with an Introduction on the Fable as an Eighteenth-Century Literary Genre. Unpub. doct. diss., Princeton University, 1960. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts International, XXI (1961), 2273.]
Nokes, David. John Gay: A Profession of Friendship. A Critical Biography. Oxford: OUP, 1995. Print.
Radcliffe, David H., ed.
John Gay (1685-1732). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/AuthorRecord.php?recordid=32958.
The slave, the scourge, and society: a comparison of Gay's first and second series of Fables. Bourdeau, Debra Taylor, and Elizabeth Kraft, eds. On second thought: updating the eighteenth-century text. Newark: Delaware UP, 2007. 43-65. Print.
Ames, Dianne S.
Gay's Trivia and the Art of Allusion. Studies in Philology 75 (1978): 199-222. Print.
Beckwith, Charles E.
The Languages of Gay's Trivia. Eighteenth-Century Life 10 (1986): 27-43. Print.
Fischer, John Irwin.
Never on Sunday: John Gay's The Shepherd's Week. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 10 (1981): 191-203. Print.
Gardner, Kevin J.
John Gay, Court Patronage, and The Fables. Reinardus: Yearbook of the International Reynard Society/Annuaire de la Société Internationale Renardienne 27 (2015): 98-111. Print.
John Gay's Second Series, the 'Craftsman' in Fables. Papers on Language & Literature V (Winter): 17-25. Print.
John Gay's Fables: A Childish Work?. Tosi, Laura, ed. and introd. Hearts of Lightness: The Magic of Children's Literature. Venice, Italy: Cafoscarina, 2001. 47-56. Print.
Huete, Sylvia Ballard. John Gay's 'Fables I' and 'II': a study in the eighteenth-century fable. Unpub. doct. diss., University of Southern Mississippi, 1973. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts International (34) 5104A.]
The Deep Structure of Narrative Element in Neoclassical Fable. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: An International Review of English Studies 30 (1996): 169-182. Print.
Blake's Engravings for Gay's Fables. Book Collector London, England 21 (1972): 59-64. Print.
Lewis, Peter, and Nigel Wood, eds. John Gay and the Scriblerians. London; New York: Vision; St. Martin's Press, 1989. Print.
Fables of the Bees: Species as an Intercultural Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Scientific and Literary Texts. Esprit Créateur 46(2) (2006): 33-41. Print.
De la traduction à la fontainisation: Le Cas des Fables de John Gay en France. Cointre, Annie, and Annie Rivara, eds. La Traduction des genres non romanesques au XVIIIe siècle. Metz, France: Centre d'Etudes de la Traduction, Université de Metz, 2003. 89-118. Print.
Shea, John S. Studies in the Verse Fable from LaFontaine to Gay. Unpub. doct. diss., University of Minnesota, 1968. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts: Section A. Humanities and Social Science Ann Arbor, MI, 1968, 5029A.]
A Reading of Gay's Fables. Script & Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand 30(3) (2006): 181-185. Print.
Wray, William R. The English Fable, 1650-1800. Unpub. doct. diss, Yale University, 1950. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts: Section A. Humanities and Social Science Ann Arbor, MI, 1968, 619A.]