Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Nicholas Rowe adapted some odes of Horace to current affairs and published many poems on public occasions. He contributed a memoir of Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux to a translation of Boileau-Despréaux’s Le Lutrin (1674, 1683; partial English translation, 1682) in 1708, took some part in a collective rendering of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (c. 8 c.e. (English translation, 1567), and published translations of work by Jean de la Bruyère in the same year. In 1709, he edited William Shakespeare’s works, creating the first truly modern edition, an edition still highly respected. A highly praised translation of Lucan’s Bellum civile (60-65 c.e.; Pharsalia, 1614) was published posthumously.