|Born||9 August 1631
Aldwincle, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, England
|Died||1 May 1700 (aged 68)
|Occupation||poet, literary critic, playwright|
|Alma mater||Cambridge University|
|Notable work(s)||Absalom and Achitophel, MacFlecknoe|
John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) was an English poet laureate.
He was the oldest of fourteen children born to Erasmus Dryden and wife Mary Pickering. As a boy Dryden lived in the nearby village of Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire. In 1644 he was sent to Westminster School. In the late twentieth century a house at Westminster was founded in his name.
On 1 December 1663 Dryden married the royalist sister of Sir Robert Howard—Lady Elizabeth. They had three sons.
Books about Dryden [change]
- The Works of John Dryden, 20 vols., ed. H. T. Swedenberg Jr. et al., (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1956–2002)
- John Dryden The Major Works, ed. by Keith Walker, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)
- The Works of John Dryden, ed. by David Marriott, (Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 1995)
- John Dryden Selected Poems, ed by David Hopkins, (London: Everyman Paperbacks, 1998)
- Winn, James Anderson. John Dryden and His World, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987)
- Modern criticism
- Eliot, T. S., ‘John Dryden’, in Selected Essays, (London: Faber and Faber, 1932)
- Hopkins, David, John Dryden, ed. by Isobel Armstrong, (Tavistock: Northcote House Publishers, 2004)
- Oden, Richard, L. Dryden and Shadwell, The Literary Controversy and 'Mac Flecknoe (1668–1679), (Scholars' Facsmilies and Reprints, Inc., Delmar, New York, 1977)
- Hopkins, David, John Dryden, ed. by Isobel Armstrong, (Tavistock: Northcote House Publishers, 2004), 22