© 1991

John Dryden

A Literary Life


Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Paul Hammond
    Pages 1-20
  3. Paul Hammond
    Pages 21-43
  4. Paul Hammond
    Pages 44-66
  5. Paul Hammond
    Pages 67-88
  6. Paul Hammond
    Pages 89-113
  7. Paul Hammond
    Pages 114-141
  8. Paul Hammond
    Pages 142-168
  9. Paul Hammond
    Pages 169-170
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 171-184

About this book


John Dryden was England's most outstanding and controversial writer for the last four decades of the seventeenth century. He dominated the literary world as a satirist, a skilled and versatile dramatist, a pioneer of literary criticism, a writer of religious poetry, and an eloquent translator from the great classical poets. The present book discusses Dryden's career both chronologically and thematically, taking issue with his enemies' denigration of his integrity, and revealing him as a subtle, passionate and sceptical writer.


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  1. 1.University of LeedsUK

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