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Edited by Jessica Martin
Categories: 17th Century, Christianity
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (80 pages)
(Pub. Jul 1997)
A Diplomat's advice to Diplomats
That, to be in safety himself, and serviceable to his Country, he should always, & upon all occasions speak the truth (it seems aState Paradox) for, says Sir Henry Wotton, you shall never be believed; and by this means, your truth will secure yourself, if you shall ever be called to any account; and 'twill also put your Adversaries (who will still hunt counter) to a loss in all their dispositions and undertakings.
Izaak Walton (1593-1683) is best known for his graceful, lucid if not always practical book The Compleat Angler. It has stayed in print since it first appeared in 1653.
More than just a writer of devout pastoral, Walton is one of the fathers of modern literary biography. This selection includes his lively portraits of Donne, Herbert and others, and reminiscences of Jonson written in old age. A devoted churchman, in his writing Walton helps define what it was to be Anglican at a time when the Church was in upheaval. One historian said Walton `invented Anglicanism'. He certainly shaped it in ways which are potent today.
Walton is here set in a context which complicates and then corrects the reductive view of him, encapsulated by Gosse, as `that immortal piscatory linen-draper'.
Table of Contents
A Note on the Selection
Life of Dr. John Donne
Life of Sir Henry Wotton
Life of Mr. Richard Hooker
Life of Mr. George Herbert
Life of Dr. Robert Sanderson
Notes for a Life of John Hales
Love and Truth
Notes on Ben Jonson
Inscription on his Marriage Chest
An Elegie upon Dr. Donne
On a Portrait of Donne
Epitaph on David Hookham
Couplet on Dr. Richard Sibbes
On the Death of my Dear Friend Mr. William Cartwright
To my Reverend Friend the Author of the Synagogue
Epitaph on his Second Wife
Commendatory Verses to Jeremiah Rich
Izaak Walton's Will
Appendix: revisions to the Life of Donne
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