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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Overview

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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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

Chronology; Part I. Pleasures of the Imagination: 1. Composing a literary life: introduction Steven N. Zwicker; 2. Dryden and the theatrical imagination Stuart Sherman; 3. Dryden and the energies of satire Ronald Paulson; 4. Dryden and the imperial imagination Laura Brown; 5. Dryden and the invention of Augustan culture Paul Davis; 6. Dryden's triplets Christopher Ricks; Part II. A Literary Life in Restoration England: 7. Dryden's London Harold Love; 8. Dryden's theatre and the passions of politics Paulina Kewes; 9. Dryden's anonymity John Mullan; 10. Dryden and the modes of restoration sociability Katsuhiro Engetsu; Part III: 11. Dryden and patronage John Barnard; 12. Dryden and political allegiance Annabel Patterson; 13. The piety of John Dryden John Spurr; 14. Dryden's 'Fables' and the judgment of art Anne Cotterill; 15. Dryden and the problem of literary modernity: epilogue Steven N. Zwicker.

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