George Second Duke of Buckingham Villiers Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Chapman, Hester W. The Great Villiers: A Study of George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham 1628-1687. London: Secker & Warburg, 1949, 315 p.

Detailed study of Villiers' life from his childhood to his years at court.

Gardner, Lady Burghclere, Winifred. George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham, 1628-1687: A Study in the History of the Restoration. London: John Murray, 1903, 414 p.

Detailed account of Buckingham's life and political career.

Wilson, John Harold. “The Court Wits.” The Court Wits of the Restoration: An Introduction, pp. 3-24. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1948.

Discussion of the court of Charles II, with numerous references to Buckingham.


Emery, John P. “Restoration Dualism of the Court Writers.” Revue des langues vivantes 32 (1966): 238-65.

Discusses the dual nature of Buckingham's character, claiming the author's reputation as a rake was undeserved.

McFadden, George. “Political Satire in The Rehearsal.Yearbook of English Studies 4 (1974): 120-28.

Maintains that the Earl of Arlington, not Dryden as is commonly assumed, is the true target of Buckingham's satire in The Rehearsal.

Phipps, Christine. “Textual Introduction.” In Buckingham: Public and Private Man: The Prose, Poems, and Commonplace Book of George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687), pp. 57-79. New York: Garland Publishing, 1985.

A textual history of Buckingham's poetry and non-dramatic prose works.

Smith, Dane Farnsworth. “The Rehearsal.” In Plays About the Theatre in England from The Rehearsal in 1671 to the Licensing Act in 1737, pp. 9-37. London: Oxford University Press, 1936.

Provides a detailed account of the satirical devices Buckingham employed in The Rehearsal.

Sorelius, Gunnar. “Shadwell Deviating into Sense: Timon of Athens and the Duke of Buckingham.” Studia Neophilologica 36, no. 2 (1964): 232-44.

Exploration of Buckingham's influence on Thomas Shadwell's adaptation of Shakespeare's play.

Wilson, John Harold. “The Gaudy Stage 1671.” In A Rake and His Times: George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham, pp. 180-202. New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1954.

Explains Buckingham's dispute with Arlington, considered by some critics to be the target of Buckingham's satire in The Rehearsal.

Additional coverage of Buckingham's life and career is contained in the following sources also published by Thomson Gale: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 80; Literature Resource Center; andReference Guide to English Literature, Ed. 2.