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(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)
ph_0111201613-Marvell.jpg Andrew Marvell Published by Salem Press, Inc.

In 1672, with the publication of The Rehearsal Transpros’d, Andrew Marvell (MAWR-vuhl) became a pamphleteer. In this animadversion on the works of Samuel Parker, Marvell vigorously supported King Charles II’s stand in favor of religious toleration. No other work by Marvell was so widely received in his lifetime as this urbane, witty, slashing satire. According to Marvell’s contemporary Gilbert Burnet, “From the King down to the tradesman, his books were read with great pleasure.” Parker’s counterattack quickly engendered Marvell’s second pamphlet, The Rehearsal Transpros’d: The Second Part (1673). Mr. Smirke: Or, The Divine in Mode (1676), was Marvell’s defense of Herbert Croft, the bishop of Hereford, against Francis Turner’s pamphlet attack. His next pamphlet, An Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government in England (1677), resulted in the government’s offering a reward for the identity of the author. Remarks upon a Late Disingenuous Discourse was published posthumously in 1678. Some three hundred letters are also extant and available in Margoliouth’s edition, as well as in those of Captain Edward Thompson and Alexander B. Grosart.