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Edited by John Adlard
ISBN: 978 1 857546 97 2
Categories: 17th Century, Gay and Lesbian, Humour
Published: April 2003
215 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Come, child, let us kiss - hang dull, silly wooing;
'Tis time, like our betters, we two should be doing,
Kind Fate still assigns, as a custom that's common,
To the mistress the master, the man to the woman.
Sensual pleasure, gentle, violent or comic, is the theme of this anthology of seventeenth-century erotic writing. Restoration Bawdy brings vividly to life a 'masquerading age'. The book draws on high and low culture, and includes courtly poems and works by Rochester, Sedley and Etheridge, as well as broadside ballads, doggerel from almanacs and songs from plays. A number of the pieces have only previously been available in research libraries. The result is a lively social panorama of Restoration England and a cheerfully amoral celebration of the pleasures of the flesh.
Table of Contents
INDEX OF AUTHORS,
Anacreon Done into English 1683
Antidote against Melancholy 1661
Bristol Drollery , 1674
Chetham MS Mun. A.4.14.
Cupid's Posies , 1674
Davenant, Sir William
Dyce MS 43.
Etherege, Sir George
Flora's Vagaries , 1670
Harleian MS 6914.
John and his Mistress , c.1680
Le Neve, Oliver
Love's Masterpiece , 1683
Merry Dialogue between Tom the
Tailor and his Maid Joan , 1684
Merry Drollery Complete , 1691
New Academy of Compliments , 1671
New Help to Discourse , 1669
New London Drollery , 1687
Nuage Venales , 1686
Payne, Henry Nevil
Penkethman's Jests , 1721
Poor Robin, A Prognostication , 1675
Poor Robin's Almanack , 1687
Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of
Royal Library, Stockholm,
MS Vu 69.
Secret Sinners, The, c. 1686
Sedley, Sir Charles
Westminster Drollery , 1671
Windsor Drollery , 1672
Wit and Mirth , 1682
Wit and Mirth: or, Pills to Purge
Melancholy , 1699-1700
Wit at a Venture , 1674
Wit's Cabinet , c. 1700
Works of Rochester, Roscommon and Dorset 1718
Praise for John Adlard 'Mr Andrew Marvell (who was a good Judge of Witt) was wont to say that [Rochester] was the best English Satyrist and had the right veine. Twas pitty Death tooke him off so soon.'
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