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Literary Transmission and Authority : Dryden and Other Writers - Earl Miner

Literary Transmission and Authority

Dryden and Other Writers

By: Earl Miner (Editor), Jennifer Brady (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th July 1993
ISBN: 9780521441117
Number Of Pages: 176

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Dryden's writings are studded with names, conspicuously those of his literary predecessors and contemporaries. He defined himself as a writer in relation to other writers, and in doing so was something of a pioneer professional man of letters: poet, playwright, critic, prose stylist, England's foremost verse translator, the first literary historian to provide a conception of periods, and what would now be termed a comparatist. This book looks at Dryden's literary relationships, with Ben Jonson and with French authors (notably Corneille), at issues raised by the work thought to be his greatest by Romantic and contemporary readers, Fables Ancient and Modern; and at Samuel Johnson's definition of Dryden, whose biography in Johnson's Lives was the author's favourite. The book has implications for questions of literary reception, influence and intertextuality, as well as for the reputation and context of Dryden himself.

Contributing authors
Introduction: borrowed plumage, varied plumage Earl Miner
Dryden and negotiations of literary succession and precession
Onely victory in him: the imperial Dryden
Ovid reformed: issues of Ovid, fables, morals, and the second epic in Fables Ancient and Modern Earl Miner
Another and the Same
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ISBN: 9780521441117
ISBN-10: 0521441110
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 30th July 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41