Restoration Literature: An Anthology

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Paul Hammond
Oxford University Press, 2002 - 437 páginas
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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POLITICS AND NATION
3
The Return of Charles II from the Diary
18
A Country Life 144 23 A Country Life
23
From Last Instructions to a Painter
32
A Satire on Charles II
38
TOWN AND COUNTRY
83
To the Postboy
108
The of London from the Diary
119
Preface to The Sullen Lovers 196 40 Preface to The Sullen Lovers
196
Doeg and Og from The Second Part of Absalom
206
From The History of the Royal Society of London
224
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
231
A Virgin Life
233
From Secret Love
248
A Song of a Young Lady to her Ancient Lover
254
Said by a Young Lady to her Child Taking Something
297

The Fire of London from Annus Mirabilis
129
From Horace Epode II
146
The Garden
152
From The Georgics Book II
160
LITERATURE AND THEATRE
167
To the Memory of Mr Oldham
177
The Miseries of Visits
184
A Critique of Shakespeare and Jonson
189
Baucis and Philemon
313
RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY
319
The Pilgrims Hymn
335
From The Hind and the Panther
353
From AurengZebe
361
Upon Nothing
378
Biographical Notes
414
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Paul Hammond is a Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature, University of Leeds.

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