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:832 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 2.76 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 Histories