Restoration Literature: An Anthology

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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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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 Charle...

Paul Hanmmond is Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature at the University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.91 inPublished:July 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionNote on the TextsSelect BibliographyChronologyPolitics and Nation1. John Milton: From Paradise Lost, Book II2. Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon: From The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars inEngland and The Life of Edward, Earl of Clarendona) The State of the Nation on the EVe of the Civil Warb) The Character of Charles Ic) The Death and Character of Oliver Cromwell3. Samuel Pepys: The Return of Charles II from the Diary4. John Evelyn: The Return of Charles II from the Diary5. John Dryden: Astraea Redux: A Poem on the Happy Restoration and Return of His Sacred Majesty Charles the Second6. Andrew Marvell: From Last Instructions to a Painter7. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: A Satire on Charles II8. John Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel9. Anonymous: Two Attacks on Titus Oatesa) A Hue and Cry after Dr. T.O.b) Strange and Wonderful News from Southwark10. John Evelyn: The Character of Charles II from the Diary11. Arthur Mainwaring: Tarquin and Tullia12. John Dryden: From The Works of Virgila) The Death of Priamb) A Vision of the Future of RomeTown and Country13. John Milton: From Paradise Lost, Book IX14. William Wycherley: From The Coutnry Wife15. John Oldham: A Satire in Imitation of the Third of Juvenal16. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: A Letter from Artemisa in the Town to Chloe in the Country17. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: To the Postboy18. Anonymous: Regime de vivre19. Sir Philip Wodehouse: A Satirical Flash20. John Bunyan: Vanity Fair from The Pilgrim's Progress21. Samuel Pepys: The Fire of London from the Diary22. John Dryden: The Fire of London from Annus Mirabilis23. Katherine Philips: A Country Life24. John Dryden: From Horace, 'Epode II'25. Abraham Cowley: The Country Mouse26. Andrew Marvell: The Garden27. William Congreve: In Imitation of Horace, Ode IX, Lib. I28. John Dryden: From The Georgics, Book II29. John Dryden: To My Honoured Kinsman John Driden of ChestertonLiterature and Theatre30. John Milton: From Paradise Lost, Book III31. Andrew Marvell: On Mr. Milton's 'Paradise Lost'32. John Oldham: A Letter from the Country to a Friend in Town, Giving an Account of the Author's Inclinations to Poetry33. John Dryden: To the Memory of Mr. Oldham34. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: An Allusion to Horace35. Anne Wharton: An Elegy on the Earl of Rochester36. Anonymous: The Miseries of Visits37. Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle: A Critique of Shakespeare38. Richard Flecknoe: A Critique of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries39. John Dryden: A Critique of Shakespeare and Jonsona) From of Dramatic Poesy: An Essayb) Epilogue to The Second Part of The Conquest of Granadac) From The Grounds of Criticism in Tragedy40. Thomas Shadwell: Preface to The Sullen Lovers41. John Dryden: Mac Flecknoe42. John Dryden: Doeg and Og from The Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel43. John Dryden: To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve, on his Comedy called 'The Double-Dealer'44. Ten Prologues and Epilogues45. Thomas Sprat: From The History of the Royal Society of LondonLove and Friendship46. John Milton: From Paradise Lost, Book IV47. Jane Barker: A Virgin Life48. Katherine Philips: On Rosania's Apostasy and Lucasia's Friendship49. Katherine Philips: Lucasia, Rosania, and Orinda parting at a Fountain. July 166350. Katherine Philips: Orinda to Lucasia51. John Dryden: The Death of Nisus and Euryalus, from Virgil, Aeneid IX52. John Dryden: From Secret Love53. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: The Mistress: A Song54. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Against Constancy55. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Upon his Leaving his Mistress56. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Song ('Absent from thee...')57. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Love and Life: A Song58. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: A Song of a Young Lady to her Ancient Lover59. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Song ('Love a woman!')60. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: The Fall: A Song61. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: The Imperfect Enjoyment62. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Song ('Fair Chloris in a pigsty lay')63. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: To a Lady, in a Letter64. Aphra Behn: The Disappointment65. Samuel Pepys: Pepys's Sexual Adventures from the Diary66. John Dryden: Sigismonda and Guiscardo67. John Dryden: From All for Love68. Anonymous: Said by a Young Lady to her Child, Taking Something to Destroy it69. Lucy Hutchinson: To my Children70. John Dryden: Baucis and Philemon71. John Milton: From Paradise Lost, Book XII72. Thomas Traherne: From The Third Century73. John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Hymn74. Richard Langhorne: From the Affections of My Soul75. Robert James: My Life76. Hannah Allen: From A Narrative of God's Gracious Dealings77. John Dryden: From The Hind and the Panther78. John Dryden: From The Indian Emperor79. John Dryden: Horace: Odes III. xxix80. John Dryden: From Aureng-Zebe81. John Dryden: Lucretius: Against the Fear of Death82. Sir Philip Wodehouse: A Kind of Translation83. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: A Satire against Reason and mankind84. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Upon Nothing85. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: From Seneca, Troades, Act II, Chorus86. John Dryden: From Palamon and Arcite, Book IIIExplanatory NotesBiographical NotesGlossary