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Published by University of Nebraska Press in Lincoln (Na.) .
Written in English

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  • Dryden, John, -- 1631-1700.

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Edition Notes

The text is reproduced from Volume 1 of the "Miscellaneous prose works" of Sir Walter Scott, Bart., published by Robert Cadell, Edinburgh, 1834-verso of t.p.

Statementedited with an introduction by Bernard Kreissman.
ContributionsKreissman, Bernard.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18057621M

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The year was eventful in English history, including both the naval war with the Dutch, and the Great Fire of London. Dryden commemorated this 'year of wonders" in his long poem, Annus Mirabilis, in This poem secured him the position of Poet Laureate on the death of William D'Avenant . John Dryden, English poet, dramatist, and literary critic who so dominated the literary scene of his day that it came to be known as the Age of Dryden. Besides being the greatest English poet of the later 17th century, he wrote almost 30 tragedies, comedies, and dramatic operas.   This book fills the need for a complete, accurate, and impartial reexamination of Dryden's life and career as poet, dramatist, and man of letters. By examining the numerous autobiographical passages that Dryden inserted in his writings and by interpreting these in the light of Dryden's relationships with persons and contemporary situations, the author disproves some long-accepted Author: Charles E. Ward. John Dryden () was the leading writer of his day and a major cultural spokesman following the restoration of Charles II in His work includes political poems, satire, religious apologias, translations, critical essays and plays/5.