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English literature in the 17th Century

17th century English literature was influenced by the Puritan Revolt of 1640-60, together with the English Revolution. The century was a time of intense ferment in all areas of life- religion, science, politics, domestic relations, culture. That ferment was reflected in the literature of the era, which also registered a heightened focus on and analysis of the self and the personal life.
After 1648, religion continued to be important in European history, but the priority of secular concerns was never again in doubt. Cutting themselves loose from theology, philosophers discovered new allies in science and mathematics. For thinkers such as English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon and French philosopher René Descartes, the destiny of the soul was of less concern than the operation of the natural world. Of the several makers of the modern mind, none was more important or more celebrated than English physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who worked out an all-encompassing mechanical explanation of the universe resting upon the law of universal gravitation.

17th Century Authors

The 17th century lasts from 1601-1700. In England, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was still writing during part of the 17th century. Other 17th-century writers include: Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), John Donne (1572-1631), Ben Johnson (1572-1637), Lady Mary Wroth (c. 1587-1651), and Robert Herrick (1591-1674). Other seventeenth century writers include Anne Killigrew, Joseph Addison, William Wycherley, George Herbert, and John Aubrey. This period includes the book which unquestionably occupies the highest place in English literature, that is the King James version of the Bible; and in poetry it includes one of the very greatest figures, John Milton, together with a varied assemblage of lesser lyrists.

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English literature - Elizabethan literature
The term English literature refers to literature written in the English language, or literature composed in English by writers who are not necessarily from England; Joseph Conrad was Polish, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Edgar Allan Poe was American, Salman Rushdie is Indian.

In academia, the term often labels departments and programs practicing English studies. This new label was necessary not only because all of England's former colonies have developed literatures of their own, but also because each speak their variety of English. In other words English literature is as diverse as the Englishes that are spoken around the world.

The Elizabethan era saw a great flourishing of literature, especially in the field of drama. The Italian Renaissance had rediscovered the ancient Greek and Roman theater, which was then beginning to evolve apart from the old mystery and miracle plays of the middle ages. The Italians were particularly inspired by Seneca (a major tragic playwright and philosopher, the tutor of Nero) and Plautus (its comic clichés, especially that of the boasting soldier had a powerful influence on the Renaissance and after)...

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Shakespeare's works and Elizabethan Literature
Elizabethan Authors: texts, resources and authorship studies. The Elizabethan Authors website is a collaborative effort by Robert Brazil & Barboura Flues.

Shakespearean Prompt-Books of the Seventeenth Century
Shakespearean Prompt-Books of the Seventeenth Century

These works are studies of the stage texts used in various seventeenth-century performances of Shakespeare's plays. G. Blakemore Evans has identified the different manuscript hands that annotate the prompt-books and compared the cuttings with other eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Shakespearean stage texts. Thus, the collection provides an opportunity to examine Shakespearean performance traditions and innovations.
Many of the prompt-books and other stage texts are reproduced here in facsimile, and the University of Virginia Electronic Text Center has created a searchable database of the editor's Introduction and Collations for each play. The textual references in the Collations are linked to JPEG images of the corresponding prompt-book pages, when possible. Use the table of contents at left as a guide to the eight volumes in the series.

English Literature: Early 17th Century (1603-1660)
Biographies, works, essays, and collected Web resources for Donne, Bacon, Jonson, Herbert, Herrick, Milton, Wroth, Carew, Lovelace, Suckling, Vaughan, Crashaw, and Waller, Wroth, Fletcher, Webster, Dekker, Osborne, and Cavendish.

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