John Dryden

Standard Name: Dryden, John
Birth Name: John Dryden


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Anthologization Sarah, Lady Piers
SLP was one of the contributors to The Nine Muses, the all-female anthology of elegies on the death of Dryden which was edited by Delarivier Manley , and published in 1700. She expressed some...
Anthologization Sarah Fyge
SF contributed an elegy on Dryden 's death to The Nine Muses; she wrote the same year for another collection on the same topic.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Bowyer, John Wilson. The Celebrated Mrs Centlivre. Duke University Press.
Anthologization Catharine Trotter
CT contributed Calliope: The Heroick Muse to The Nine Muses, Manley 's collection of elegies by women on Dryden 's death, published by 26 September 1700.
Bowyer, John Wilson. The Celebrated Mrs Centlivre. Duke University Press.
A different poem by her, On the...
Anthologization Aphra Behn
Apart from many more or less creatively distant imitations, AB produced several actual translations.
Scholars sometimes differ about what to class as largely original and what not.
She was invited by Dryden to contribute to...
Anthologization Elizabeth Singer Rowe
Thirty of her poems from The Athenian Mercury were recycled with other contents of the magazine in a new venture of Dunton's, a collection entitled The Athenian Oracle. Her poems also appeared in Divine...
Education Sybille Bedford
The idea had been that Jack and Suzan Robbins should select a boarding school for Sibylle and have her to stay for the holidays. Instead, with the money provided by her family and trustees, they...
Education Tabitha Tenney
Whether or not TT 's education was Puritanical (most sources about her life have no higher status than gossip) she was well read in the emergent canon of English literature, from Shakespeare and Milton through...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Isham
She had already had enquiries from prospective husbands when she was in London, but the time of wooing came after her return home: a time marked also by her sister's illness and her own religious...
Friends, Associates Mary, Lady Chudleigh
MLC 's circle of friends was largely maintained by correspondence. She discussed literary and philosophical ideas with John Dryden , Mary Astell (Almystrea in Chudleigh's poetry), Elizabeth Thomas , and other women who are...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Thomas
ET seems to have engaged in a real family friendship with Dryden (who advised her about her ambition to write poetry), since she stayed in touch, after his death, with his son Charles and his...
Friends, Associates William Congreve
As a young man Congreve formed a friendship with the older and distinguished Dryden . He later belonged to the Whig Kit-Cat Club , and counted most of its members among his friends, while remaining...
Friends, Associates Virginia Woolf
Leonard Woolf wrote to Eliot, whose Prufrock and Other Observations he had read, to invite him to send some work to the Hogarth Press . The letter led to a meeting, and ultimately to the...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Barker
JB writes to one male friend (my Adopted Brother) on his approaching marriage, not to congratulate but to dissuade.
Barker, Jane. Poetical Recreations. Benjamin Crayle.
She reflects her intimate knowledge of the work of Katherine Philips and Abraham Cowley
Intertextuality and Influence Henrietta Battier
HB 's mock epithalamium is a close parody of Dryden 's Alexander's Feast, and had the ROYAL
Battier, Henrietta. Marriage Ode Royal. Sold at No. 17, Fade Street.
on her title-page printed upside-down. She brings together in her sights the prince as an individual...
Intertextuality and Influence Anne Plumptre
AP tackles, more boldly than any novelist before her, the unwritten rule whereby a heroine has to be beautiful. She also reverses conventional gender expectations in highlighting the inconstancy, self-indulgence, and emotionalism of men and...


1658: Aurangzeb seized the Mughal (or Mogul) throne,...

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Aurangzeb seized the Mughal (or Mogul) throne, becoming Emperor of a territory including most of present-day India and parts of what are now other countries. His near fifty-year rule was less than half over at...

May 1660: John Dryden published Astræa Redux, a poem...

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May 1660

John Dryden published Astræa Redux, a poem of welcome to the returning Charles II ; he followed it with other monarchist poems.

5 February 1663: John Dryden's first play, The Wild Gallant,...

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5 February 1663

John Dryden 's first play, The Wild Gallant, a comedy, opened on stage.

16 January 1664: The Indian Queen, the first heroic tragedy...

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16 January 1664

The Indian Queen, the first heroic tragedy on the English stage, by John Dryden and Sir Robert Howard , opened in London.

: John Dryden's The Indian Emperour (sequel...

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John Dryden 's The Indian Emperour (sequel to The Indian Queen) was first performed in London.

3 June 1665: The English fleet defeated the Dutch in a...

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3 June 1665

The English fleet defeated the Dutch in a sea-battle fought close enough to shore for the cannonade to be heard in London; John Dryden set the dialogue of An Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1667...

January or February 1667: John Dryden published his heroic, or epic,...

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January or February 1667

John Dryden published his heroic, or epic, poemAnnus Mirabilis.

2 March 1667: Dryden's Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen...

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2 March 1667

Dryden 's Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen had its first performance at Drury Lane Theatre , with Nell Gwyn in the cast and Samuel Pepys , Charles II , and the future James II in the audience.

August 1667: John Dryden published An Essay of Dramatick...

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August 1667

John Dryden published An Essay of Dramatick Poesie, bearing the title-page date of 1668.

13 April 1668: Six days after the death of Sir William Davenant,...

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13 April 1668

Six days after the death of Sir William Davenant , the Poet Laureate, John Dryden was appointed to fill the position.

7 November 1670: The joint operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's...

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7 November 1670

The joint operatic adaptation of Shakespeare 's The Tempest by John Dryden and the late Sir William Davenant was first staged.

December 1671: The Rehearsal, containing Buckingham's merciless...

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December 1671

The Rehearsal, containing Buckingham 's merciless satirical portrait of Dryden , finally reached the stage.

By 17 November 1675: John Dryden's heroic tragedy Aureng-Zebe...

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By 17 November 1675

John Dryden 's heroic tragedyAureng-Zebe had its first performance.

12 December 1677: John Dryden's tragedy All for Love; or, The...

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12 December 1677

John Dryden 's tragedyAll for Love; or, The World Well Lost (a blank-verse re-writing of Shakespeare 's Antony and Cleopatra) received its first known (perhaps not its first) performance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane .

1680: John Dryden, with others, published a collaborative...

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John Dryden , with others, published a collaborative versetranslation of Ovid 's Epistles (or Heroides).


Dryden, John. “Biographical Table”. Dryden: Poetry, Prose and Plays, edited by Douglas Grant, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1952.
Dryden, John. Dryden, Poetry, Prose and Plays. Editor Grant, Douglas, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1952.
Dryden, John. Selected Poetry and Prose of John Dryden. Editor Miner, Earl, The Modern Library, 1985.
Dryden, John. The Letters of John Dryden: With Letters Addressed to Him. Editor Ward, Charles E., Duke University Press, 1942.