Dryden and the Problem of Freedom: The Republican Aftermath, 1649-1680

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Yale University Press, 1997 M01 1 - 285 pages
In this revisionary study of Dryden's thought, David Haley argues that Dryden was the first English poet after Shakespeare to engage in historical reflection upon his own culture. Addressing an audience for whom literature was bound up with religion and politics, Dryden exercised the moral integrity of a public poet and brought home to his readers the meaning of their historical experience.

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Contents

Praise and Deliberation under the Republic
19
Cromwell and the Millennium
46
Drydens Hermeneutics
79
False Freedom and Restoration
107
The Last Age
140
The Heroic Plays
173
Satire
216
Notes
245
Index
277
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