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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

John Dryden (1631–1700)

Dryden, John. An eminent English poet; born at Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, Aug. 9, 1631; died in London, May 1, 1700. His first poems include: ‘Astræa Returned’ (Astræa Redux) and the ‘Year of Wonder’ (Annus Mirabilis). The best of his plays are: ‘The Conquest of Grenada’ (1670); ‘Marriage à la Mode’; ‘Aurungzebe’; ‘All for Love’ (1677); ‘The Spanish Friar’ (1681); ‘Don Sebastian’ (1689). Much more worthy of his talents and his fame are ‘Absalom and Achitophel’ and ‘The Hind and the Panther.’ He made spirited translations of Virgil and Juvenal; and elaborated into ‘Fables’ stories culled from foreign authors or earlier English. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).