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The age of Milton : an encyclopedia of major 17th-century British and American authors /
edited by Alan Hager ; Emmanuel S. Nelson, advisory editor.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004.
description
xviii, 392 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0313310084 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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More Details
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004.
isbn
0313310084 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5236342
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-378) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-09-01:
Hager (English, SUNY at Cortland) has followed up Major Tudor Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook with a bio-bibliography of extremely ambitious scope. It covers 79 mostly British and American 17th-century writers, scientists, and artists (a few influential Europeans leaven the mix). Arranged alphabetically by the subject's last name, the entries each contain brief sections discussing biographical details, major works and themes, and critical reception of the subject's work, as well as a bibliography of more in-depth or specialized studies about the subject. See references are found throughout the text.The subjects represented include such familiar names as Thomas Carew, John Donne, George Herbert, Ben Jonson, Richard Lovelace, Andrew Marvell, Robert Herrick, Thomas Middleton, and John Milton, of course. Others are less familiar (e.g., Mary Rowlandson, Nahum Tate) or are traditionally associated with other periods (e.g., William Shakespeare, John Dryden) but are no less important. Bottom Line Unlike other similar but more narrowly focused works (e.g., Harold Bloom's BioCritiques: John Milton or Richard Bradford's The Complete Critical Guide to John Milton), Hager's allows for multiple points of access and avoids traditional political categorizations, ultimately providing a fresh perspective. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries. Lee Ehlers, Greenville Cty. Lib. Syst., SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-09-01:
Hager's mostly superficial overviews of 79 British, American, and Continental "writers, scientists, and artists" who share having lived between 1601 and 1700 form a biocritical hodgepodge. Inclusiveness makes "the age" of Milton also that of Shakespeare, Bacon, Jonson, Donne, or perhaps even Fulke Greville (whose entry is longer and better than Milton's). By considering the 17th century as "a piece," Hager stretches it to 200 years, from Greville (b. 1554) to Allan Ramsay (d. 1758), and includes some whose works were not published until after 1701 (e.g., Mary, Lady Chudleigh; Sarah Kemble Knight). The works of Addison, Mary Astell, John Dennis, and Delarivier Manley really belong to the 18th century. Among the nonliterary figures included are musicians (Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Purcell), scientists (Robert Boyle, William Harvey), artists (Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyke, Velazquez, Vermeer), and politicians and philosophers (Oliver Cromwell, John Lilburne, Samuel Pufendorf, Spinoza). Despite some duplication, comparison with Hager's more conventional and more useful Major Tudor Authors (CH, Nov'97) is likening apples to oysters. The present work's entries are intellectually and bibliographically uneven. For several individuals (particularly Corelli and Rembrandt), assessments of works, themes, and critical receptions are personal and anecdotal, and make assertions not based on historical evidence. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. J. K. Bracken Ohio State University
Reviews
Review Quotes
'œ[A] bio-bibliography of extremely ambitious scope....allows for multiple points of access and avoids traditional political categorizations, ultimately providing a fresh perspective. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.'' Library Journal
"[A] bio-bibliography of extremely ambitious scope....allows for multiple points of access and avoids traditional political categorizations, ultimately providing a fresh perspective. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries."- Library Journal
'œ[T]his encyclopedia is useful for students seeking fast access to....seventeenth-century figures' works.'' Times Literary Supplement
"[T]his encyclopedia is useful for students seeking fast access to....seventeenth-century figures' works."- Times Literary Supplement
'œ[T]his is a useful guide to the writing and thinking of seventeenth-century American and British Authors, suitable for academic and large public libraries.'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"[T]his is a useful guide to the writing and thinking of seventeenth-century American and British Authors, suitable for academic and large public libraries."- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œ[T]his is a very useful work of reference for scholars and students alike.'' Sixteenth Century Journal
"[T]his is a very useful work of reference for scholars and students alike."- Sixteenth Century Journal
'œ[U]seful and scholarly'' English
"[U]seful and scholarly"- English
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Booklist, August 2004
Choice, September 2004
Library Journal, September 2004
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Alphabetically arranged entries discuss the lives and works of more than 75 British and Anerican 17th century writers.
Long Description
The 17th century was a time of significant cultural and political change. The era saw the rise of exploration and travel, the growth of the scientific method, and the spread of challenges to conventional religion. Many of these developments occurred in England and North America, and literature of the period reflects the intellectual and emotional fervor of the age. This reference chronicles the lives and works of more than 75 British and American writers of the 17th century. Included are entries on such major canonical authors as Donne, Milton, and Jonson. The volume also covers the writings of such leading thinkers as Hobbes and Locke, along with the works of leading European figures like Galileo and Descartes. Also profiled are numerous significant women writers, including Mary Astell, Aphra Behn, and Anne Killigrew. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a survey of the writer's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume additionally includes entries on several artists who significantly influenced British and American literary culture.
Table of Contents
Preface
Major 17th-Century British and American Authors
Selected General
Bibliography
Index
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