- Roman Catholic in an England where the state religion was Anglican. Because of his religion, he was prevented from attending
public school and from holding public office.
- optimistic deism
- lived in Twickenham, England
- was a member of the Scriblerus club
- was a friend of Jonathan Swift
- earned a living writing, editing (Shakespeare), and translating Homer's The Odyssey and The Iliad
- as a result of tuberculosis, his spine was deformed, giving him a wasp waist. This waist and his temper resulted in his
earning the nickname, the Wasp of Twickenham.