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John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: The Poems and Lucina's Rape

Keith Walker (Editor), Nicholas Fisher (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-65151-3
296 pages
March 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: The Poems and Lucina

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Building on the strength of Keith Walker’s acclaimed The Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1984), leading scholar Nicholas Fisher presents a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the work of one the greatest Restoration wits.
  • Includes the text of Lucina’s Rape, Rochester’s adaptation of Fletcher’s revenge tragedy Valentinian, in a text that readily identifies Rochester’s revisions
  • Presents the poems in versions that were current during Rochester’s lifetime, allowing the reader to experience the poems as Rochester’s contemporaries did
  • Incorporates insights and discoveries made over the last twenty-five years and texts of manuscripts that previously were unavailable for study
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Note on This Edition ix

Acknowledgments x

Chronology xii

Introduction xvii

Further Reading xxviii

Abbreviations xxxii

POEMS

Juvenilia 1

Love Poems 5

Translations 56

Prologues and Epilogues 61

Satires and Lampoons 68

Poems to Mulgrave and Scroope 111

Epigrams, Impromptus, Jeux d’esprit, etc. 131

Poems Less Securely Attributed to Rochester 138

LUCINA’S RAPE OR THE TRAGEDY OF VALLENTINIAN 161

Index of Proper Names 253

Index of Titles and First Lines 257

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Author Information


Nicholas Fisher is an associate research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has co-edited a performing edition of the early settings of Rochester’s songs, Songs to Phillis (1999), and has edited a collection of essays on the poet, That Second Bottle (2000).  He is currently completing a bibliography of the printed editions of Rochester's work.

Keith Walker taught at University College, London from 1966 to 1996. Over the course of his notable career he produced distinguished editions of the works of many of the major Restoration and Eighteenth-Century writers, including The Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1984), on which this new edition is based.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Building on the strength of Keith Walker’s acclaimed The Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1984), leading scholar Nicholas Fisher presents a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the work of one the greatest Restoration wits
  • Includes the text of Lucina’s Rape, Rochester’s adaptation of Fletcher’s revenge tragedy Valentinian, in a text that readily identifies Rochester’s revisions
  • Presents the poems in versions that were current during Rochester’s lifetime, allowing the reader to experience the poems as Rochester’s contemporaries did
  • Incorporates insights and discoveries made over the last twenty-five years and texts of manuscripts that previously were unavailable for study
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Reviews

“At last, an indispensable edition of Rochester for all scholars and teachers of the Restoration period. The drama Valentinian/Lucina's Rape is literally a revelation, over one thousand lines of authentic Rochester now visible in bold type.”—James Grantham Turner, University of California, Berkeley

“Fisher’s edition of Rochester is not only a fitting and loving tribute to two great Rochesterians, Keith Walker and Harold Love: it is a considerable work of independent scholarship, providing an unmodernized text fully informed by the most authoritative manuscript sources and intelligently annotated. A delicious bonus is the inclusion of Rochester’s version of John Fletcher’s tragedy Valentinian entitled Lucina’s Rape. Rochester is one of the most influential writers not to have appeared extensively in print in his own lifetime. This important edition enables us to understand that influence and evaluate it anew.”—Brean Hammond, University of Nottingham

"For scholars of seventeenth-century libertine culture and poetry lovers with a penchant for old-school smut, Rochester's verse holds abiding interest. Walker's and Fisher's edition makes these verses accessible to a broad audience, their exhaustive annotations and introductory material offering contextual information invaluable to readers new to this author, or indeed to the seventeenth century." (M/C Reviews, October 2010)

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