The Cambridge Companion to John Dryden

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This collection of essays offers a variety of perspectives on John Dryden's work and its contexts. A towering literary figure in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, Dryden authored a series of highly successful plays and poems, in addition to influential essays of literary criticism.
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"The Cambridge Companion to John Dryden will prove to be a vital resource for seventeenth-century scholars." Renaissance Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521531443
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven N. Zwicker is Stanley Elkin Professor of Humanities at Washington University, St. Louis and Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of History. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1650-1740 (Cambridge, 1998), Reading, Society, and Politics in Early Modern England, ed. with Kevin Sharpe (Cambridge, 2003), John Dryden: Selected Poems (2001), Refiguring Revolutions, ed. with Kevin Sharpe (1998), Lines of Authority (1993), Politics of Discourse, ed. with Kevin Sharpe (1987) and Politics and Language in Dryden's Poetry (1984).
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
List of abbreviations
1 Composing a literary life : introduction 3
2 Dryden and the theatrical imagination 15
3 Dryden and the energies of satire 37
4 Dryden and the imperial imagination 59
5 Dryden and the invention of Augustan culture 75
6 Dryden's triplets 92
7 Dryden's London 113
8 Dryden's theatre and the passions of politics 131
9 Dryden's anonymity 156
10 Dryden and the modes of restoration sociability 181
11 Dryden and patronage 199
12 Dryden and political allegiance 221
13 The piety of John Dryden 237
14 Dryden's Fables and the judgment of art 259
15 Dryden and the problem of literary modernity : epilogue 280
Further reading 286
Index 290
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