Passion for living : John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester /
R.E. Pritchard.
Cambridge : Lutterworth Press, 2012.
175 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0718892992 (pbk.), 9780718892999 (pbk.)
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Cambridge : Lutterworth Press, 2012.
0718892992 (pbk.)
9780718892999 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [168]-170) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
R.E. Pritchard was formerly a lecturer at Keele University; his publications include: Poetry by English Women, The Sidney Psalm, Dickens's England, Shakespeare's England, and D.H. Lawrence: Body of Darkness.
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Main Description
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647-1680), has long been notorious as one of the most entertaining, extravagant and scandalous members of Charles II¿s court. He was also the most brilliant, witty and insightful satirist and lyric poet of his time, limited only by his early death caused by venereal disease and alcoholism. Passion for Living provides a full discussion of his life and writings, set in the context of his Times the licentious court of Charles II and his mistresses, the Dutch wars and the so-called Popish Plot together with close readings and analyses of his love lyrics, bawdy songs and shrewd satires, related to the life of his contemporaries, such as Th omas Hobbes, Samuel Butler and John Dryden. This informative and readable study will be of interest to both the general reader and the student.
Long Description
Biographical study of John Wilmot and his passion for life seen through his work.
Long Description
The life of the second Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot, has been much celebrated and dramatised in recent years. His antics have been both admired and condemned throughout the centuries in the writings of poets such as Tennyson, Voltaire, Defoe and Goethe, and his character has been immortalised by the 2004 film portrayal starring Johnny Depp. In this biography, R.E. Pritchard provides an up-to-date, sound and entertaining account of the life and writings of this brilliant Restoration poet; a writer increasingly recognised as one of the most important and interesting of his time. At eighteen, a graceful, charming and modest youth, Rochester entered the court of Charles II. Promptly imprisoned in the Tower of London for attempting to kidnap a beautiful young heiress who later agreed to marry him, John Wilmot is as alluring today as he was during his short life span, served out in the bloody reign of Cromwell and the Restoration period. Condemned and celebrated in both life and death in equal measure, the enigma of his death-bed conversion and uncertainty about his literary corpus make him a fascinating figure to study. Pritchard captures the pithy wit of a man who disguised himself as a mountebank, selling medicine as a guise for discovering court secrets, and as a merchant to ingratiate himself with the merchants wives. Pritchard focuses on the poetry and writings of the Second Earl of Rochester to provide valuable insight into this fascinating, larger than-life character.
Main Description
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647 - 1680), has long been notorious as one of the most entertaining, extravagant and scandalous members of Charles II's court. He was also the most brilliant, witty and insightful satirist and lyric poet of his time, limi
Table of Contents
A Very Hopeful Youth (1647-1664)p. 7
Courting Danger (1665-1667)p. 19
Unaccountable Things (1667-1670)p. 35
Ambiguous Love (1670-1673)p. 49
Vain Animals (1674)p. 71
Fantastical Odd Man (1675-1676)p. 87
In the Wild Maze (1676-1677)p. 106
Scurvy Alarums (1678-1679)p. 126
A More Serious Bent (1679-1680)p. 144
Codap. 161
Select Bibliographyp. 168
Indexp. 171
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