Restoration Literature: An Anthology

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This anthology brings together a stimulating and entertaining collection of works from the confident and creative period of 1660-1700. The literature of this time is by turns refined, poignant, and brash. Alongside major works such as Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel and Mac Flecknoe, printed in their entirety, is a substantial group of lyrics by Rochester, while Milton's Paradise Lost provides a running commentary on the Restoration scene. Scurrilous satires and pamphlets, diaries, theatrical prologues, translations and striking work by women poets and autobiographers illustrate the period in politics, religion, philosophy and in attitudes to town and country, love and friendship.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199555192
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,431,482
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 From Paradise Lost, Book II 3
2 From The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England and The Life of Edward, Earl of Clarendon 7
a The State of the Nation on the Eve of the Civil War 7
b The Character of Charles I 11
c The Death and Character of Oliver Cromwell 13
3 The Return of Charles II: from the Diary 18
4 The Return of Charles II: from the Diary 22
5 Astraea Redux: A Poem on the Happy Restoration and Return of His Sacred Majesty Charles the Second 23
6 From Last Instructions to a Painter 32
7 A Satire on Charles II 38
8 Absalom and Achitophel 40
9 Two Attacks on Titus Oates 67
a A Hue and Cry after Dr. T.O. 67
b Strange and Wonderful News from Southwark 69
10 The Character of Charles II: from the Diary 72
11 Tarquin and Tullia 73
12 From The Works of Virgil 77
a The Death of Priam 78
b A Vision of the Future of Rome 80
13 From Paradise Lost, Book IX 83
14 From The Country Wife 84
15 A Satire in Imitation of the Third of Juvenal 88
16 A Letter from Artemisa in the Town to Chloe in the Country 101
17 To the Postboy 108
18 Regime de vivre 108
19 A Satirical Flash 109
20 Vanity Fair: from The Pilgrim's Progress 111
21 The Fire of London: from the Diary 119
22 The Fire of London: from Annus Mirabilis 129
23 A Country Life 144
24 From Horace, 'Epode II' 146
25 The Country Mouse 149
26 The Garden 152
27 In Imitation of Horace, Ode IX, Lib. I 154
28 From The Georgics, Book II 156
29 To My Honoured Kinsman John Driden of Chesterton 161
30 From Paradise Lost, Book III 167
31 On Mr. Milton's 'Paradise Lost' 169
32 A Letter from the Country to a Friend in Town, Giving an Account of the Author's Inclinations to Poetry 170
33 To the Memory of Mr. Oldham 177
34 An Allusion to Horace 178
35 An Elegy on the Earl of Rochester 181
36 The Miseries of Visits 184
37 A Critique of Shakespeare 185
38 A Critique of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries 187
39 A Critique of Shakespeare and Jonson 189
a From Of Dramatic Poesy: An Essay 189
b Epilogue to The Second Part of The Conquest of Granada 191
c From The Grounds of Criticism in Tragedy 192
40 Preface to The Sullen Lovers 196
41 Mac Flecknoe 200
42 Doeg and Og: from The Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel 206
43 To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve, on his Comedy called 'The Double-Dealer' 209
44 Ten Prologues and Epilogues 211
a 'Epilogue to Tyrannic Love' 212
b 'Prologue to Marriage A-la-Mode' 213
c 'Epilogue to The Parson's Wedding' 214
d 'Prologue to The Double Marriage' 215
e 'Prologue to The Ordinary' 216
f 'Epilogue to The Man of Mode' 217
g 'Epilogue to Sir Patient Fancy' 219
h 'Prologue to Fools have Fortune' 220
i 'Prologue to The City Heiress' 221
j 'Epilogue to King Arthur' 223
45 From The History of the Royal Society of London 224
46 From Paradise Lost, Book IV 231
47 A Virgin Life 233
48 On Rosania's Apostasy and Lucasia's Friendship 234
49 Lucasia, Rosania, and Orinda parting at a Fountain, July 1663 235
50 Orinda to Lucasia 236
51 The Death of Nisus and Euryalus, from Virgil, Aeneid IX 237
52 From Secret Love 248
53 The Mistress: A Song 250
54 Against Constancy 251
55 Upon his Leaving his Mistress 252
56 Song ('Absent from thee ...') 253
57 Love and Life: A Song 253
58 A Song of a Young Lady to her Ancient Lover 254
59 Song ('Love a woman!') 255
60 The Fall: A Song 255
61 The Imperfect Enjoyment 256
62 Song ('Fair Chloris in a pigsty lay') 258
63 To a Lady, in a Letter 259
64 The Disappointment 260
65 Pepy's Sexual Adventures: from the Diary 265
66 Sigismonda and Guiscardo 270
67 From All for Love 290
68 Said by a Young Lady to her Child, Taking Something to Destroy it 297
69 To my Children 298
70 Baucis and Philemon 313
71 From Paradise Lost, Book XII 319
72 From The Third Century 322
73 The Pilgrim's Hymn 335
74 From The Affections of My Soul 336
75 My Life 338
76 From A Narrative of God's Gracious Dealings 339
77 From The Hind and the Panther 353
78 From The Indian Emperor 353
79 Horace: Odes III. xxix 358
80 From Aureng-Zebe 361
81 Lucretius: Against the Fear of Death 362
82 A Kind of Translation 370
83 A Satire against Reason and Mankind 371
84 Upon Nothing 378
85 From Seneca, Troades, Act II, Chorus 380
86 From Palamon and Arcite, Book III 381
Explanatory Notes 385
Biographical Notes 414
Glossary 420
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