Plays, Poems, and Miscellaneous Writings associated with George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham

Hardcover | April 22, 2007

EditorRobert D. Hume, Harold Love

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George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687) was one of the most scandalous and controversial figures of the Restoration period. He was the principal author of The Rehearsal (1671), an enormously successful burlesque play that ridiculed John Dryden and the rhymed heroic drama.Historians remember Buckingham as an opponent who helped topple Clarendon from power in 1667, as a member of the 'Cabal' government in the early 1670s, and as an ally of the Earl of Shaftesbury in the political crisis of 1678-1683. The duke was prominent among the 'court wits' (Rochester, Etherege,Sedley, Dorset, Wycherley, and their circle); he was closely associated with such writers as Butler and Cowley; he was a conspicuous champion of religious toleration and a friend of William Penn. No edition of Buckingham has been published since 1775, partly because his work presents horrendousattribution problems. He was (probably) adapter or co-author of six plays (two of them vastly successful for more than a century) including one in French that appears here in English for the first time. He is also associated with nine topical pieces (variously political, religious, and satiric) andsome twenty poems of wildly varying type. The 'Buckingham' commonplace book has previously been published only in fragmentary form. Almost all of these works present major difficulties in both attribution and annotation, here seriously addressed for the first time. This edition is a companionventure to Harold Love's important edition of Rochester (OUP, 1999).

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George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687) was one of the most scandalous and controversial figures of the Restoration period. He was the principal author of The Rehearsal (1671), an enormously successful burlesque play that ridiculed John Dryden and the rhymed heroic drama.Historians remember Buckingham as an opponent who ...

Robert D. Hume is Evan Pugh Professor of English Literature at Penn State University. He is author, co-author, or editor of fourteen books and more than 125 articles, mostly in the realms of drama, theatre, and historical research. His books for OUP include iThe Development of English Drama in the Late Seventeenth Century/i (1976), iH...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 4.33 inPublished:April 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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VOLUME IList of IllustrationsAbbreviations and Works Frequently CitedIntroductionWorks associated with BuckinghamiThe Chances/iiSir Politick Would-be/i by Saint-Evremond, the Duke of Buckingham, and the Sieur d'AubignyiThe Country Gentleman/i by Sir Robert Howard and the Duke of BuckinghamiThe Rehearsal/iiThe Restauration; or, Right will Take Place/iUntitled Verse Play Fragment ['iTheodorick'/i]Critical apparatusExplanatory NotesTransmissional HistoriesVOLUME IIMiscellaneous writingsiA Letter to Sir Thomas Osborn/iiTo Mr Martin Clifford on his Humane-Reason/iiA Hue-and-Cry after Beauty and Vertue/iiThe Militant Couple/iiAn Essay upon Reason, and Religion, In a Letter to Nevil Pain, Esq/iiA Short Discourse upon the Reasonableness of Men's Having a Religion/iiThe Duke of Buckingham His Grace's Letter, to the UnSHknown Author of a Paper, Entitled, A Short Answer to his Grace the Duke of Buckingham's Paper Concerning Religion, Toleration, and Liberty of Conscience/iiThe French General/iiA Conference on the Doctrine of Transubstantiation BeSHtween His Grace the Duke of Buckingham and Father Fitzgerald, An Irish Jesuit/iThe 'Buckingham' Commonplace BookPoemsTo his Mistresson the Dut: by D. Buck.'The larke' and 'The owle'Lines on Winifred WellsOn these 2 V. of Mr HowardsOn the humor in Mr [-----] Howards Play where Mr Kinaston disputes his staying in, or going out of TownUpon the following Passage in the Conquest of GranadaAn Epitaph upon Thomas Late Lord FairfaxDuke of Bu: of la: Shros:On the London fires MonumentA Notion Taken out of Tullie's dialogue, iDe Senecute/iAduice to a Paynter, to draw the Delineaments of a Statesman, and his VunderlingsThe Lost Mistress A ComplaintA Supplement to the Chequer-InneUpon the Installment, of Sir ----- iOs/i-----in/i, and the Late Duke of New-castleA Song on Thomas Earl of DanbyA Familiar Epistle to Mr Julian Secretary to the MusesOn FortuneOptimum quod evenitThe Cabbin-BoyThe DucksAppendixesI. Biographical DocumentsII. Satiric and Commendatory Poems about BuckinghamIII. The Publication of Buckingham's iWorks/iIV. The Preface to iA Key to the Rehearsal/i (1704)V. A translation of iSir Politic Would-be/i by H. Gaston HallVI. 'A Sermon supposed to be preached by Dr B:'VII. Rejected AttributionsCritical ApparatusExplanatory NotesTransmissional HistoriesIndex to Introductions and Notes