The introduction provides a rationale for the volume, as well as an overview of the ensuing essays. As a kind of thought experiment, the chapter raises the possibility of reconsidering seventeenth-century literary culture as the ‘Age of Marvell’, a rubric that would foreground the uncertainties and complexities writers faced as the remarkable events of the century moved swiftly around them. Christopher D’Addario identifies the excavation of such complexity as a common thread in the essays that follow, noting that many of the essays in the volume emphasise the variable motivations and multifaceted contexts out of which the literature of this period was produced. Detailed summaries of each essay’s methodology and primary interest conclude the chapter.
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