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In this minute kind of History , the succession of facts is not easily discovered ;
and I am not without suspicion that I have placed some of Dryden ' s works in
wrong years . I have followed Langbaine , as the best authori . ty for his plays ;
and if I ...
His wish for retirement we can easily believe to be undissembled ; a man
harrassed in one kingdom , and persecuted in another , who , after a course of
business that employed all his nights in cyphering and decyphering , comes to
his own ...
enough from intrusion , without the defence of mountains and oceans ; and
instead of feeking shelter in America , wisely went only so far from the bustle of
life as that he might easily find his way back , when folitude should grow tedious .
Such are the remarks and memorials which I have been able to add to the
narrative of Dr . Sprat ; who , writing when the feuds of the civil war were yet
recent , and the minds of either party easily irritated , was obliged to pass over
Critical remarks are not easily understood without examples ; and I have
therefore collected instances of the modes of writing by which this fpecies of
poets , for poets they were called by themselves and their admirers , was
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The Lives of the English Poets: And a Criticsm of Their works stands out as one of the earliest types of antogies. it is highyly probable that this book became a model for us, anthology writers, to produce a certain kind of anthologies including biography and works of certain authors. therefore, this book is very important in terms of its pioneer position in these kinds of analytical books