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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

August 19th, 2002

English poet, critic, and playwright John Dryden (Mac Flecknoe, 1682) is born in 1631 in Northamptonshire.

drydenJohn Dryden, b. August 19, 1631, d. 1700

Dryden was the preeminent English man of letters between Shakespeare and the eighteenth century wits. He dominated poetry and literary criticism following the Restoration of the monarchy and also spread appreciation of classic authors with his translations of Horace, Juvenal, Ovid, Homer, and Vergil. Only after the appearance of Alexander Pope did his status as his country’s leading poet falter.

Suggested Reading Poetry Annus Mirabilis, 1667. Absalom and Achitophel, 1681. Mac Flecknoe, 1682. The Hind and the Panther, 1687. Plays The Conquest of Granada, 1670. Marriage à la mode, 1672. All for Love, 1678. Criticism An Essay of Dramatick Poesie, 1668.

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