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Lord Rochester's monkey : being the life of John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester

Author: Graham Greene
Publisher: New York : The Viking Press, ©1974.
Series: Studio book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (1647-1680), was the most notorious of the Restoration rakes. He was also a fine lyrical and satirical poet whose work---in Graham Greene's opinion--has been underestimated because it was overshadowed by his life of lechery and drunkenness, wild pranks and practical jokes, and death-bed repentance. At Court, King Charles II suffered but respected Rochester's biting satires,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991.
Lord Rochester's monkey.
New York : The Viking Press, ©1974
(OCoLC)644964201
Named Person: John Wilmot Rochester, Earl of; John Wilmot Rochester, Earl of
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Greene
ISBN: 0670440558 9780670440559
OCLC Number: 1004013
Notes: "First American edition"--Wobbe.
Illustrated endpapers.
[22] p. of col. plates reckoned in pagination.
Description: 231 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Landscape --
The heiress of the West --
Seascape --
The age of spleen --
The poet and the king --
The affray at Epsom --
Elizabeth Barry --
Still-life --
"What evil angel enemy ...?" --
The literary jungle --
The death of Dorimant.
Series Title: Studio book.
Responsibility: Graham Greene.

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"John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (1647-1680), was the most notorious of the Restoration rakes. He was also a fine lyrical and satirical poet whose work---in Graham Greene's opinion--has been underestimated because it was overshadowed by his life of lechery and drunkenness, wild pranks and practical jokes, and death-bed repentance. At Court, King Charles II suffered but respected Rochester's biting satires, joined in some of his erotic escapades, forgave his embarrassing japes, and rewarded him with distinctions. The heiress Elizabeth Mallet succumbed to his charm, eloped with him, and remained constant, though not always happy, throughout thirteen years of marriage. Elizabeth Barry, his favorite mistress, owed to him her success on the stage and gained his sincere devotion. Yet the last thirteen years of Rochester's short life were 'clouded by the fumes of drink' and were marked by outrageous buffoonery, an abortive duel, and literary quarrels that threatened to wreck his undoubted gifts of friendship. These notorious episodes, no less than the religious scruples that culminated in his deathbed call to Dr. Burnet in 1680, characterize the mental and psychological conflict which was the source of Rochester's finest poetry. His friend Etherege depicted him in the stage character of Dorimant: 'I know he is a Devil, but he has something of the Angel yet undefac'd in him.' "--Dust jacket.

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