The Works of John Dryden: Life

Edinburgh, Paterson
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Edinburgh, Paterson
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Dec 31, 1882
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478
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English
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Dominating the literary life of Restoration England, Dryden produced a large oeuvre of poetry, plays, essays and translations that were without their equal, inspiring later critics to refer to his era simply as the 'Age of Dryden'. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete poetical works and plays of John Dryden for the first time in digital publishing history, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 2)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Dryden's life and works
* Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
* Excellent formatting of the poems, with line numbers, ideal for students
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Dryden's complete 28 plays and operas - spend hours exploring the poet's dramatic works
* Features no less than four biographies, including Sir Walter Scott's seminal study - discover Dryden's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Poetry Collections
EARLY POEMS
ANNUS MIRABILIS
MAC FLECKNOE
ABSALOM AND ACHITOPHEL
THE MEDALL
RELIGIO LAICI
THE HIND AND THE PANTHER
EPISTLES AND COMPLIMENTARY ADDRESSES
ELEGIES AND EPITAPHS
SONGS, ODES AND LYRICAL PIECES
FABLES ANCIENT AND MODERN
POETRY FROM THE PLAYS
TRANSLATIONS

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Plays
THE WILD GALLANT
THE RIVAL LADIES
THE INDIAN QUEEN
THE INDIAN EMPEROR
SECRET-LOVE
SIR MARTIN MAR-ALL
THE TEMPEST
TYRANNICK LOVE
AN EVENING'S LOVE
ALMANZOR AND ALMAHIDE
MARRIAGE ¿ LA MODE
THE ASSIGNATION
AMBOYNA
AURENG-ZEBE
THE STATE OF INNOCENCE AND FALL OF MAN
ALL FOR LOVE
OEDIPUS
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
LIMBERHAM
THE SPANISH FRYAR
THE DUKE OF GUISE
ALBION AND ALBANIUS
DON SEBASTIAN, KING OF PORTUGAL
AMPHITRYON
KING ARTHUR
CLEOMENES, THE SPARTAN HERO
LOVE TRIUMPHANT
CONTRIBUTIONS TO VANBRUGH'S ADAPTATION OF FLETCHER'S THE PILGRIM

The Non-Fiction
ESSAY OF DRAMATIC POESY
HIS MAJESTIES DECLARATION DEFENDED
PLUTARCH'S LIVES

The Biographies
THE LIFE OF JOHN DRYDEN by Sir Walter Scott
LIVES OF THE POETS: DRYDEN by Samuel Johnson
THE AGE OF DRYDEN by Richard Garnett
BRIEF LIFE OF JOHN DRYDEN by George Gilfillan

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In ill health following a stroke, Sir Walter Scott wrote Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft at the behest of his son-in-law, J. G. Lockhart, who worked for a publishing firm. The book proved popular and Scott was paid six hundred pounds, which he desperately needed. (Despite his success as a novelist, Scott was almost ruined when the Ballantyne publishing firm, where he was a partner, went bankrupt in 1826.) Letters was written when educated society believed itself in enlightened times due to advances in modern science. Letters, however, revealed that all social classes still held beliefs in ghosts, witches, warlocks, fairies, elves, diabolism, the occult, and even werewolves. Sourcing from prior sixteenth- and seventeenth-century treatises on demonology along with contemporary accounts from England, Europe, and North America (Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi, for one), Scott's discourses on the psychological, religious, physical, and preternatural explanations for these beliefs are essential reading for acolytes of the dark and macabre; the letters dealing with witch hunts, trials (Letters Eight and Nine), and torture are morbidly compelling. Scott was neither fully pro-rational modernity nor totally anti-superstitious past, as his skepticism of one of the "new" sciences (skullology, as he calls it) is made clear in a private letter to a friend. Thus, Letters is both a personal and intellectual examination of conflicting belief systems, when popular science began to challenge superstition in earnest.
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