The Miscellaneous Works Volume 1

The Miscellaneous Works Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...among those contemporaries who, even in his own judgment, excelled him in comedy. In 1678, Dryden accommodated with a prologue Shadwell's That fight and woo in verse in the same In-cutU, And make similitude and love in death." Whatever symptoms of reconciliation afterwards took place between the poets, I greatly doubt if this first offence was ever cordially forgiven. 1 Dryden's Works, vol. vii., p. 141. See these offensive passages, Dryden's Works, vol. x., p. 427. VOL. I. P, play of the " True Widow;" but to write these occasional pieces was part of his profession, and the circumstance does not prove that the breach between these rivals for public applause was ever thoroughly healed; on the contrary, it seems likely, that, in the case of Shadwell, as in that of Settle, political hatred only gangrened a wound inflicted by literary rivalry. After their quarrel became desperate, Dryden resumed his prologue, and adapted it to a play by Afra Behn, called the "Widow Ranter, or Bacon in Virginia."1 Whatever was the progress of the dispute, it is certain that Shadwell, as zealously attached to the Whig faction as Dryden to the Tories, buckled on his armour among their other poetasters to encounter the champion of royalty. His answer to " The Medal" is entitled " The Medal of John Bayes: " it appeared in autumn 1681, and is distinguished by scurrility, even among the scurrilous lampoons of Settle, Care, and Pordage. "Those," he coolly says, " who know Dryden, know there is not an untrue word spoke of him in the poem;" although he is there charged with the most gross and infamous crimes. Shail vell also seems to have had a share in a lampoon, entitled " The Tory Poets," in which both...show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 7.11mm | 249.47g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636473
  • 9781236636478