Dialogues of the Dead, Four

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Matthew Prior (1664—1721) poet and diplomat

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By Prior, written 1721, imaginary conversations on the model set by Lucian. The first is between ‘Charles the Emperor and Clenard the Grammarian’ on the subject of greatness; the second is between ‘Mr John Lock and Seigneur de Montaigne’; the third between ‘The Vicar of Bray and Sir Thomas More’; and the fourth between ‘Oliver Cromwell and his Porter’.

Lyttelton also wrote Dialogues of the Dead (1760).

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