The correspondence of John Dryden

Edited by Stephen Bernard

With John McTague

The correspondence of John Dryden


  • eBook

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3636-7
  • Pages: 344
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Early Modern Literature, History, Literature, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Letters, LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry, LITERARY CRITICISM / General


The correspondence of John Dryden is the definitive edition of the letters of the most important playwright and poet of the late seventeenth century. He defined an age and his newly transcribed disparate correspondence is placed in the context of contemporaneous and current debates about literature, politics and religion. It is also the most important account of the relationship between an author and his bookseller of the time.

The illustrated correspondence contains a full biographical, textual introduction and calendar of letters. It is transcribed diplomatically and structured chronologically, with contextualising sections about particular correspondences.

The readership will be undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students and academics with an interest in seventeenth century literature, politics, religion and culture.

The editor won the MLA Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters.


John Dryden (1631-1700): an introduction
A note on the text
The correspondence of John Dryden



Stephen Bernard is an Academic Visitor at the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts

John McTague is Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol

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