The Major Works

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - 967 pages
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John Dryden (1631-1700) was the leading writer of his day and a major cultural spokesman following the restoration of Charles II in 1660. His work includes political poems, satire, religious apologias, translations, critical essays and plays. This authoritative edition brings together a unique combination of Dryden's poetry and prose--all the major poems in full, literary criticism, and translations--to give the essence of his work and thinking.

The collection includes the poems, MacFlecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel as well as Dryden's classical translations; his versions of Homer, Horace, and Ovid are reproduced in full. There are also substantial selections from Dryden's Virgil, Juvenal, and other classical writers. Fables, Ancient and Modern, taken from Chaucer, Ovid, Boccaccio, and Homer, his last and possibly greatest work, also appears in full.
 

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Contents

To John Hoddesdon on his Divine Epigrams
1
Astraea Redux
9
To His Sacred Majesty
17
Annus Mirabilis
23
An Essay of Dramatic Poesy
70
Prologues to Secret Love
130
Prologue to The First Part of The Conquest of Granada
137
MacFlecknoe
143
The Sixth Satire of Juvenal
336
The Tenth Satire of Juvenal
359
The First Satire of Persius
373
Ovids Amours Book I Elegy I
409
The Fable of Iphis and Ianthe
434
A Song to a Fair Young Lady
446
To Sir Godfrey Kneller
457
Postscript to the Reader appended to the Aeneid
541

Prologue to Oedipus
154
Canace to Macareus
165
Prologue to The Spanish Friar
174
From the Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel
204
Prologue to the Duchess on her Return from Scotland
217
Ovids Elegies Book II The Nineteenth Elegy
239
Nisus and Euryalus
259
Daphnis
291
A New Song
297
To Anne Killigrew
310
A Panegyric Poem
323
The Secular Masque
854
Notes
861
122222
862
70
870
130
876
154
882
205
888
Further Reading
947
Index of Titles and First Lines
961
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Keith Walker has edited editions of the poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, and Andrew Marvell.

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