The History of Pompey the Little, or The Life and Adventures of a Lap-Dog
First published in 1740, this is a witty and irreverent look at the social scene and social ills of 18th century England, all seen through the eyes of our canine narrator, Pompey. A lap-dog passed from owner to owner during parties and soirees. A delightful and surprisingly modern take on pomp and pride in high and low social circles. This text has been republished here for its historical and cultural significance. Including a specially commissioned introduction on dogs in fiction.
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