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Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell$
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Christopher D'Addario and Matthew Augustine

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526113894

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526113894.001.0001

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On behalf of the Age of Andrew Marvell?

On behalf of the Age of Andrew Marvell?

(p.245) On behalf of the Age of Andrew Marvell?
Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell

Steven N. Zwicker

Manchester University Press

Can a literary age belong to a writer who made a secret of his poems and whose pamphlets were veiled in anonymity? If so, then the middle decades of the seventeenth might be called the age of Andrew Marvell, perhaps not in the way that the opening of this century was the Age of Shakespeare or that its late decades were John Dryden’s own, but a case might be made for the hidden life of the poet as the very emblem of those decades, of the Age of Andrew Marvell. The afterword to Texts and Readers explores this enigmatic, this emblematic possibility.

Keywords:   Andrew Marvell, William Shakespeare, John Dryden, Seventeenth century – in literature

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