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A profane wit : the life of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

Author: James William Johnson
Publisher: Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Of the glittering, licentious court around King Charles II, John Wilmot the second Earl of Rochester was the most notorious. Simultaneously admired and vilified, he personified the rake-hell. Libertine, profane, promiscuous, he shocked his pious contemporaries with his doubts about religion and his blunt verses that dealt with sex or vicious satiric assaults on the high and mighty of the court. This account of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Wilmot Rochester, Earl of
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James William Johnson
ISBN: 1580461700 9781580461702
OCLC Number: 56324595
Description: x, 467 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: A christian upbringing (1647-1655) --
A classical education (1656-1659) --
Growing debauched at Oxford (1660-1661) --
The grand tour (1662-1664) --
Campaigns and engagements (1665) --
Pursuits and conquests (1666) --
Man's estate (1667) --
The king's pimp (1668-1669) --
Love raised to extremes (1669-1670) --
The quintessence of debauchery (1671) --
Sallies in the country (1671-1672) --
Sodom (1673) --
New scenes of foppery (January-June 1674) --
Dog days and masques (July-December 1674) --
Reversals and recognitions (1675) --
Livy and sickness (January-April 1676) --
Flights and disguises (May-December 1676) --
Sessions poetical and political (1677) --
Scurvy alarums (1678) --
Extremity : on all sides (1678-1679) --
An end of communion (1679-1680) --
Sapience Angelical (May-July 1680).
Responsibility: James William Johnson.
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"Of the glittering, licentious court around King Charles II, John Wilmot the second Earl of Rochester was the most notorious. Simultaneously admired and vilified, he personified the rake-hell. Libertine, profane, promiscuous, he shocked his pious contemporaries with his doubts about religion and his blunt verses that dealt with sex or vicious satiric assaults on the high and mighty of the court. This account of Rochester and his times provides the facts behind his legendary reputation as a rake and his deathbed repentance. However, it also demonstrates that he was a loving if unfaithful husband, a devoted father, a loyal friend, a serious scholar, a social critic, and an aspiring patriot."--BOOK JACKET.

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