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Charles Cotton

(1630—1687) poet and translator

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Alexander Brome

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It is now tempting to imagine that Alexander Brome (1620–1666) was dwarfed by the literary company he kept. In the collection of elegies Lachrymae Musarum (The Tears of the Muses ...

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Compleat Angler

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A discourse on fishing by Izaak Walton, first published 1653, second, enlarged edition 1655, fifth edition with a continuation by Charles Cotton, 1676....

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Geoffrey Grigson

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(1905–85),

poet, critic, and editor of the influential New Verse (1933–9) which he founded. His volumes of verse include Several Observations (1939), Under the Cliff (1943), The...

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Izaak Walton

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(1593–1683),

was a friend of Donne and Wotton and of bishops Morley, Sanderson, and King. His biographies of Donne (1640), Wotton (1651), Hooker (1665), G. Herbert (1670), and...

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John Speed

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — History.

(?1552–1629),

historian and cartographer, made various maps of English counties, and was encouraged by Camden, Cotton, and others to write his History of Great Britaine (1611). The...

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mock epic

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A satirical form that produces ridicule and humour by the presentation of low characters or trivial subjects in the lofty style of classical epic or heroic poems. Almost invariably a poem...

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Montaigne

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(1533–92),

French moralist and essayist. He is generally regarded as the inventor of the modern ‘essay’, a genre which he fashioned out of the late medieval ‘compilation’,...

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Paul Scarron

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(1610–60)

French writer. Seriously disabled by rheumatism, Scarron was the husband of Françoise d'Aubigné, the future Mme de Maintenon. He achieved considerable success with his...

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