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    The Cambridge Companion to John Dryden
    • Online ISBN: 9780511999475
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL0521824273
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John Dryden, Poet Laureate to Charles II and James II, was one of the great literary figures of the late seventeenth century. This Companion provides a fresh look at Dryden's tactics and triumphs in negotiating the extraordinary political and cultural revolutions of his time. The newly commissioned essays introduce readers to the full range of his work as a poet, as a writer of innovative plays and operas, as a purveyor of contemporary notions of empire, and most of all as a man intimate with the opportunities of aristocratic patronage as well as the emerging market for literary gossip, slander and polemic. Dryden's works are examined in the context of seventeenth-century politics, publishing and ideas of authorship. A valuable resource for students and scholars, the Companion includes a full chronology of Dryden's life and times and a detailed guide to further reading.

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‘… a more formidable and important volume, at once authoritative and innovative, than its modest dress would suggest …’.

Source: The Times Literary Supplement

'The contributions in this collection are learned, generally well written and diverse and give readers the latest thinking on Dryden and his works … prove invaluable to students … This collection of seventeen essays gives readers the latest thinking on him and his works.'

Source: Contemporary Review

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