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Selected Writings

Izaak Walton

Edited by Jessica Martin

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Categories: 17th Century, Christianity
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (80 pages)
(Pub. Jul 1997)
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  • 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

    Further Reading


    Compleat Angler

    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

    Izaak Walton
    Walton was born at Stafford. His father, an innkeeper, died when Izaak was very young. His mother then married another innkeeper. He settled in London where he began trading as an ironmonger. In 1614 he had a shop in Fleet Street, and around this time he became friendly with Dr John ... read more
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