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Literary Lives

Andrew Marvell

A Literary Life

Authors: Augustine, Matthew

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  • Provides a fresh way of assembling and assessing the career of a varied and elusive writer
  • Balances close literary attention with historical contextualisation, both political and biographical
  • Engagingly written and cogently argued
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This book provides an accessible account of the poet and politician Andrew Marvell’s life (1621-1678) and of the great events which found reflection in his work and in which he and his writings eventually played a part. At the same time, considerable space is afforded to reflecting deeply on the modes and meanings of Marvell’s art, redressing the balance of recent biography and criticism which has tended to dwell on the public and political aspects of this literary life at the expense of lyric invention and lyric possibility. Moving beyond the familiar terms of imitation and influence, the book aims at reconstructing an embodied history of reading and writing, acts undertaken within a series of complex physical and social environments, from the Hull Charterhouse to the coffee houses and print shops of Restoration London. Care has been taken to cover the whole of Marvell’s career, in verse and prose, even as the book places the lyric achievement at the centre of its vision.

 

About the authors

Matthew C. Augustine is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, UK. A past president of the Andrew Marvell Society, he is the author of Aesthetics of Contingency: Writing, Politics, and Culture in England, 1639-89 (2018), and principal convener of the British Academy Conference ‘Reimagining Andrew Marvell: The Poet at 400’.

 

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'Matthew C. Augustine has managed to achieve, if not the impossible, then something vanishingly rare in the genre of literary biography. In tracing the frequently intricate links between Marvell’s writings and their contexts, he engages (and often challenges) readers familiar with the terrain while providing enough guidance to newcomers to make them feel welcome. Most valuable are the analyses of poems that have received less critical attention than the acknowledged masterpieces, but which are deeply suggestive about the life and character of the man who produced them.'

– Joanna Picciotto, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA, author of Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England (2010).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: A Literary Life?

    Pages 1-7

    Augustine, Matthew C.

  • Andreae Filiae: East Riding, Yorkshire, 1621–1633

    Pages 9-27

    Augustine, Matthew C.

  • In loco parentis: Cambridge, 1633–1641

    Pages 29-50

    Augustine, Matthew C.

  • ‘Our wits have drawn th’infection of our times’: London and the Continent, 1641–1650

    Pages 51-89

    Augustine, Matthew C.

  • ‘Some great prelate of the grove’: London and Nun Appleton, Yorkshire, 1650–1652

    Pages 91-130

    Augustine, Matthew C.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Andrew Marvell
Book Subtitle
A Literary Life
Authors
Series Title
Literary Lives
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-59287-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59287-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-59289-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 234
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