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Recovering a Restoration Scribal Poet: The Life and Work of Robert Wolseley, with Notes on His Association with Rochester

Davis, P; (2016) Recovering a Restoration Scribal Poet: The Life and Work of Robert Wolseley, with Notes on His Association with Rochester. Huntington Library Quarterly , 79 (4) pp. 677-704. 10.1353/hlq.2016.0032. Green open access

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Abstract

The present essay aims to retrieve the “minor poet and wit” Robert Wolseley from obscurity, uncovering new information about his court career and shifting political allegiance, his output as a poet, and his association with the Earl of Rochester. In particular, Paul Davis argues that Wolseley makes a credible candidate for authorship of part or all of the “Allusion to Tacitus” (1679–80). The essay concludes by reconstructing Wolseley’s poetic canon, identifying some eighteen items for which he was almost certainly responsible, either as sole author or in collaboration. These include a number of poetically creditable and historically significant pieces; Robert Wolseley emerges as a Restoration poet overdue scholarly attention not only because of his prestigious literary connections but also in his own right.

Type: Article
Title: Recovering a Restoration Scribal Poet: The Life and Work of Robert Wolseley, with Notes on His Association with Rochester
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/hlq.2016.0032
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hlq.2016.0032
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: John Dryden, William Wharton, Aphra Behn, Jacob Tonson, manuscript circulation of verse
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of English Lang and Literature
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538248
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