'Lords of Wine and Oile' provides a long overdue book-length appraisal of the major seventeenth-century poet Robert Herrick. The collection reads his poetry in the context of his literary, musical, political, and religious affiliations and looks at how he both presents and constructs ideals ofcommunity through his work. Herrick is best known for his poetry's grace, good humour, and tolerant inclusiveness, characteristics at odds with the publication of his work close to the end of the Civil Wars. This collection places Herrick's poetry in a much wider chronological context beginning withhis early career as a manuscript poet in Jacobean London. Contributors present original research to situate Herrick within the coteries of Ben Jonson and Thomas Stanley, uncover the Royalism of Herrick's publishers, and identify the printer of Hesperides. Others examine how the context ofpublication in 1648 gives a political colouring to Herrick's imitations of Ovid and Anacreon and how Herrick, like Katherine Philips, uses the theme of friendship and the mode of print to construct an idea of the autonomous author. Two essays explore Herrick's musical collaborations with HenryLawes, the first such work since 1976, and analyse the influence of musical settings and group performance on the interpretation of Herrick's lyrics. The collection also showcases an important debate on the challenges posed by Herrick's work, which consciously rejects competitive anxiety andnarrative momentum, for historicist and postmodernist literary criticism. Contributors include Stella Achilleos, Line Cottegnies, John Creaser, Achsah Guibbory, Stacey Jocoy, Leah Marcus, Katharine Eisaman Maus, Nicholas McDowell, Michelle O'Callaghan, Graham Parry, Syrithe Pugh, and RichardWistreich.