The Major Works
John Dryden (1631-1700) was the leading writer of his day and a major cultural spokesman following the restoration of Charles II in 1660. His work includes political poems, satire, religious apologias, translations, critical essays and plays. This authoritative edition brings together a unique combination of Dryden's poetry and prose--all the major poems in full, literary criticism, and translations--to give the essence of his work and thinking.
The collection includes the poems, MacFlecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel as well as Dryden's classical translations; his versions of Homer, Horace, and Ovid are reproduced in full. There are also substantial selections from Dryden's Virgil, Juvenal, and other classical writers. Fables, Ancient and Modern, taken from Chaucer, Ovid, Boccaccio, and Homer, his last and possibly greatest work, also appears in full.
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To Sir Robert Howard
To His Sacred Majesty
Prologues to Secret Love
Heads of an Answer 10 Rymer
Canace to Macareus
From the Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel
Prologue to the Duchess on her Return from Scotland
The Twentyninth Ode of the Third Book of Horace
To Henry Higden
A Song to a Fair Young Lady
An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell
Postscript to the Reader appended to the Aeneid
The Secular Masque
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