Building on the strength of Keith Walker s acclaimed ThePoems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1984), leading scholarNicholas Fisher presents a thoroughly revised and updated editionof the work of one the greatest Restoration wits. * Includes the text of Lucina s Rape, Rochester sadaptation of Fletcher s revenge tragedy Valentinian,in a text that readily identifies Rochester s revisions * Presents the poems in versions that were current duringRochester s lifetime, allowing the reader to experience thepoems as Rochester s contemporaries did * Incorporates insights and discoveries made over the lasttwenty-five years and texts of manuscripts that previously wereunavailable for study
Nicholas Fisher is a visiting research fellow at theInstitute of English Studies, University of London. He is theco-editor of a performing edition of the early settings ofRochester s songs, Songs to Phillis (1999), and itsexpanded version, Singing to Phillis: Settings of Poems by theEarl of Rochester 1647-1680 (2009). He is also the editor of acollection of essays on Rochester, That Second Bottle(2000).
Notes on This Edition. Acknowledgments. List of Illustrations. Chronology. Introduction. Further reading. Abbreviations. POEMS. Love Poems. Translations. Prologues and Epilogues. Satires and Lampoons. Poems to Mulgrave and Scroope. Epigrams, Impromptus, Jeux d Esprit, etc. Poems less securely ascribed to Rochester. LUCINA S RAPE OR THE TRAGEDY OF VALLENTINIAN. Introduction. Text. Index of Titles and First Lines.