By Alan Hager
The seventeenth century witnessed various cultural and political adjustments, and the literature of that interval displays the era's highbrow fervor. This reference comprises entries on greater than seventy five British and American authors of that age, and on a few of their influential eu contemporaries. The entries are prepared alphabetically and are written by way of specialist individuals. every one incorporates a biography, a dialogue of significant works and subject matters, a survey of the writer's severe reception, and first and secondary bibliographies. as well as entries on poets and playwrights, the quantity additionally covers political, medical, and philosophical writers. It additionally profiles a number of artists who considerably stimulated British and American literary tradition of the interval.
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London: George G. Harrap & Co. , 1951. Powell, Anthony. John Aubrey and His Friends. London: Heinemann, 1963. Tylden-Wright, David. John Aubrey: A Life. London: HarperCollins, 1991. ❧ Francis Bacon (1561–1626) JULIE ROBIN SOLOMON BIOGRAPHY Francis Bacon was a Renaissance Englishman of many parts; he served his turn as lawyer, judge, political theorist, statesman, natural philosopher, essayist, historian, rhetorician, and utopianist. He was eminent, however, not only in his ability to forecast the role that empirical science and technology would play in modern European society; he could also conceive a nascent scientific methodology and comprehend the politics and placement of its working institution within the framework of an English monarchy increasingly intertwined with the contributions, needs, and oscillations of mercantile capitalism.
The Elements of the Common Lawes of England. London, 1630. The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall. London, 1625. Ed. and intro. Michael Kiernan. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985. Historia Ventorum. London, 1622. The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh. London, 1622. The Letters and Life of Francis Bacon, Including All of His Occasional Works. Ed. James Spedding. 7 vols. London, 1890. The New Atlantis. London, 1627. Novum Organum. London, 1620. Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning Divine and Humane.
Parliamentary opponents of Charles I, including John Pym, admired Bacon’s Novum Organum. Arguably, the Lord Chancellor’s greatest influence was on the early members of England’s Royal Society (established 1662). These members, including Walter Charleton, Abraham Cowley, Robert Boyle, John Evelyn, Joseph Glanville, Robert Hooke, Thomas Sprat, and John Wilkins, viewed Bacon as their intellectual progenitor whose prophetic ideas they hoped to fulfill. Bacon’s star rose high into the 18th century but was clouded somewhat in the 19th, when biographers charged him with perfidy in prosecuting his former patron, the Earl of Essex, for treason.