The Age of Milton: An Encyclopedia of Major 17th-Century British and American Authors

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arguing that Hudibras, unlike the critiques of metaphysics offered by Bacon, Hobbes, and others, attempts only “to assault the world, not to improve it” (Rothman 34). Because Butler does not engage any new methods of understanding, these critics contend, the satirist becomes one with the objects of his satire, ultimately espousing a dogmatic skepticism that “takes from life any pretense to meaning, fullness, decency, or beauty” (Miner 159). Some critics have argued for the poem's political allegory, while others have aligned Hudibras with Milton'sParadise Lost as a work that heralds the end of epic and the rise of the novel. However one reads Butler, the fact remains that, in keeping with Dr. Johnson's prediction, neither Butler's name nor his language has perished. In challenging the inherited literary forms and ideals of his age, Butler created new aesthetic and intellectual possibilities for his and later generations. His corpus therefore stands as a significant, if neglected, contribution to the history of modern literature and philosophy.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Works by Samuel Butler
Hudibras. Ed. with an introduction and commentary by John Wilders. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967.
Samuel Butler: Prose Observations. Ed. with an introduction and commentary by Hugh De Quehen. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979.
Samuel Butler: Satires and Miscellaneous Poetry and Prose. Ed. René Lamar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1928.
Samuel Butler 1612-1680: Characters. Ed. Charles W. Daves. Cleveland, OH: Press of Case Western Reserve University, 1970.

Studies of Samuel Butler
De Beer, E.S. “The Later Life of Samuel Butler.” Review of English Studies 4 (1928): 159-166.
Miner, Earl. The Restoration Mode from Milton to Dryden. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974.
Parker, Blanford. The Triumph of Augustan Poetics: English Literary Culture from Butler to Johnson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Richards, Edward Ames. Hudibras in the Burlesque Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press, 1937.
Rothman, David J. “Hudibras and Menippean Satire.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 34 (1993): 23-44.
Seidel, Michael. Satiric Inheritance: Rabelais to Sterne. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979.
Snider, Alvin. Origins of Authority in Seventeenth-Century England: Bacon, Milton, Butler. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.
Wasserman, George. Samuel “Hudibras” Butler. Updated ed. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1989.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xiii
  • Timeline of Major 17th-Century British and American Authors xvii
  • (1672-1719) 1
  • (1555-1626) 6
  • (1666-1731) 10
  • (1626-1697) 14
  • (1561-1626) 19
  • Bibliography 23
  • (1640?-1689) 25
  • (1649-1708) 29
  • (1627-1691) 32
  • Bibliography 38
  • (1612-1672) 39
  • Bibliography 41
  • (1605-1682) 42
  • Bibliography 47
  • (1628-1688) 48
  • (1577-1640) 53
  • (1612/1613-1680) 57
  • Bibliography 60
  • (1567-1620) 61
  • Bibliography 64
  • (C. 1595-1639) 65
  • (C. 1585-1639) 68
  • (1623-1673) 71
  • Bibliography 73
  • (1559?-1634) 74
  • (1656-1710) 78
  • Bibliography 80
  • (1613-1658) 81
  • (1653-1713) 85
  • (1618-1667) 89
  • Bibliography 92
  • (C. 1613-1649) 93
  • Bibliography 96
  • (1599-1658) 98
  • (1606-1668) 103
  • (1658-1734) 109
  • Bibliography 111
  • (1572-1631) 112
  • (1563-1631) 118
  • Bibliography 121
  • (1631-1700) 122
  • (1608-1666) 128
  • (1661-1720) 133
  • Bibliography 136
  • (1582-1650) 137
  • (1586-1639?) 139
  • (1563-1639 and 1593-1652/1653) 144
  • Bibliography 146
  • (1554-1628) 147
  • Bibliography 157
  • (1578-1657) 158
  • (1593-1633) 162
  • (1591-1674) 167
  • (1588-1679) 172
  • (1572/1573-1637) 181
  • (1660-1685) 187
  • (1666-1727) 191
  • (C. 1634-1693) 194
  • (1569?-1645) 198
  • (1615-1657) 202
  • Bibliography 205
  • (1632-1704) 206
  • (1618-1657) 216
  • Bibliography 218
  • (1672?-1724) 219
  • Bibliography 222
  • (1621-1678) 223
  • Bibliography 226
  • (1583-1640) 228
  • Bibliography 231
  • (1580-1627) 232
  • (1608-1674) 237
  • (1652-1685) 244
  • (1633-1703) 248
  • (1632-1694) 253
  • Bibliography 258
  • (1659-1695) 260
  • Bibliography 265
  • (1686-1758) 267
  • (1606-1669) 270
  • Bibliography 273
  • (1647-1680) 274
  • (C. 1637-1711) 280
  • (1577-1640) 283
  • (C. 1642-1692) 287
  • (1671-1713) 292
  • (1564-1616) 296
  • (1632-1677) 312
  • (1608/1609-1642) 316
  • (1652-1715) 320
  • Bibliography 323
  • (1578-1653) 324
  • (1575?-1626) 328
  • (1636?-1674) 332
  • (1599-1641) 336
  • Bibliography 339
  • (1621?-1695) 340
  • (1599-1660) 344
  • (1632-1675) 348
  • (1606-1687) 352
  • Bibliography 354
  • (1579?-1633?) 355
  • (1568-1635) 360
  • (1641-1715) 365
  • List of Authors by Birth Year 373
  • Selected General Bibliography 377
  • Index 379
  • About the Editor and Contributors 389
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