Restoration Literature: An Anthology

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Paul Hammond
Oxford University Press, 2002 - Literary Collections - 437 pages
When our great monarch into exile went,Wit and religion suffered banishment...At length the Muses stand restored againTo that great charge which Nature did ordain.In these lines Dryden represents the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 as the restoration, too, of literary culture. If wit had been banished along with the exiled Charles, his return marked a flowering of a rich variety of genres after the turbulent years of the civil war and republic. Thisanthology brings together a stimulating and entertaining collection of works from this confident and creative period - a literature which 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 asubstantial 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.Anonymous works sit side by side with the great names - Marvell, Wycherley, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys - while several poems are printed from manuscript sources for the first time, allowing us to hear new voices from a period famous for producing a thoroughlyuninhibited literature.
 

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Contents

POLITICS AND NATION
3
The Return of Charles II from the Diary
18
From Last Instructions to a Painter
32
A Satire on Charles II
38
ANONYMous
67
Tarquin and Tullia
73
town AND COUNTRY
83
A Letter from Artemisa in the Town to Chloe
101
LOVE AND Friendship
231
A Virgin Life
233
From Secret Love
248
John wilmot EARL OF ROCHESTER
254
Pepyss Sexual Adventures from the Diary
265
JOHN DRYDEN
290
Said by a Young Lady to her Child Taking Something
297
Baucis and Philemon
313

To the Postboy 198
108
The Fire of London from Annus Mirabilis
129
A Country Life
144
The Garden
152
From Paradise Lost Book III
167
JOHN DRYDEN
177
The Miseries of Visits
184
A Critique of Shakespeare and Jonson
189
Preface to The Sullen Lovers
196
and Achitophel
206
From The History of the Royal Society of London
224
John Milton
319
The Pilgrims Hymn
335
From The Hind and the Panther
353
Against the Fear of Death
362
A Kind of Translation
370
Upon Nothing
378
JOHN DRYDEN
381
Explanatory Notes
385
Biographical Notes
400
Glossary
420
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Paul Hammond is a Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature, University of Leeds.

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