John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays

Hardcover | July 1, 2000

EditorPaul Hammond, David Hopkins

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This volume is designed to celebrate and re-assess the work of John Dryden (1631-1700) in the tercentenary year of his death. It assembles specially-commissioned essays by an international team of scholars who address Dryden's political writing, drama, and translations, his literarycollaborations, contemporary reputation, and posthumous reception. Much of Dryden's work was written in response to contemporary events and issues, and several of the essays in this volume discuss the personal and public circumstances in which his works were composed and received, exploring hisresponses to popular politics, and his relations with Congreve, Milton, Purcell, and Shadwell. But Dryden's intellectual and imaginative world was also shaped by the work of his literary predecessors, and so the collection charts his creative engagement with classical poetry, especially Homer andVirgil. Other essays attend to his poetic self-representation, his philosophical vision, and the problem of editing Dryden's poetry for a modern readership. The collection as a whole presents him as a writer not only for an age, but for all time.

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This volume is designed to celebrate and re-assess the work of John Dryden (1631-1700) in the tercentenary year of his death. It assembles specially-commissioned essays by an international team of scholars who address Dryden's political writing, drama, and translations, his literarycollaborations, contemporary reputation, and posthumou...

David Hopkins is also a contributor to France, ed., Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation (Feb. 2000)

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198186444

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A note on contributorsPaul Hammond: Introduction: Is Dryden a classic?Howard Erskine-Hill: Mac Flecknoe, Heir of AugustusNicholas von Maltzahn: Dryden's Milton and the theatre of imaginationPaulina Kewes: Dryden and the staging of popular politicsHarold Love: Constructing classicism: Dryden and PurcellJennifer Brady: Dryden and Congreve's collaboration in The Double DealerTom Mason and Adam Rounce: Alexander's Feast, or the Power of Music: The poem and its readersJohn Barnard: Dryden, Tonson, and the patrons of The Works of Virgil (1697)Robin Sowerby: 'The Last Parting of Hector and Andromache'James A. Winn: 'According to my Genius': Dryden's translation of 'The First Book of Homer's Ilias'Cedric D. Reverand II: The final 'Memorial of my own Principles': Dryden's alter egos in his later careerSteven N. Zwicker: Dryden and the dissolution of things: The decay of structures in Dryden's later writingDavid Hopkins: Editing, authenticity, and translation: Re-presenting Dryden's poetry in 2000Paul Hammond: Appendix: Some contemporary references to DrydenIndex

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`Three hundred years after his death Dryden has been well served by those scholars devoted to his works.'Contemporary Review