Scriblerus Club

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An association of which Swift, Arbuthnot, T. Parnell, Pope, and Gay were members, and the earl of Oxford (R. Harley) a regularly invited associate member. The group appears to have met from January to July 1714. Its object was to ridicule ‘all the false tastes in learning’, but nothing was produced under the name of Martinus Scriblerus for some years.

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