John Dryden World Literature Analysis - Essay

John Dryden World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Dryden experienced one of the most productive and varied literary careers in all of English literature. Sometimes called the first professional man of letters in England, he was motivated by the desire to re-create the classical excellence of Greece and Rome in vernacular literature. He dominated his age as no writer before or since has done, and indeed, the period 1660 to 1700 in English literature is designated by literary historians as the Age of Dryden. In poetry, translation, drama, and literary criticism, he was the leading author of his time. In addition, he produced biographies and anthologies of poetry. His literary career spanned four decades, one of the longest among English authors, and it is marked by a firm sense of...

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