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George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687) was one of the most scandalous and controversial figures of the Restoration period. He was the principal author of The Rehearsal (1671), an enormously successful burlesque play that ridiculed John Dryden and the rhymed heroic drama.
Historians remember Buckingham as an opponent who helped topple Clarendon from power in 1667, as a member of the "Cabal" government in the early 1670s, and as an ally of the Earl of Shaftesbury in the political crisis of 1678-1683. The duke was prominent among the "court wits" (Rochester, Etherege,
Sedley, Dorset, Wycherley, and their circle); he was closely associated with such writers as Butler and Cowley; he was a conspicuous champion of religious toleration and a friend of William Penn. No edition of Buckingham has been published since 1775, partly because his work presents horrendous
attribution problems. He was (probably) adapter or co-author of six plays (two of them vastly successful for more than a century) including one in French that appears here in English for the first time. He is also associated with nine topical pieces (variously political, religious, and satiric) and
some twenty poems of wildly varying type. The "Buckingham" commonplace book has previously been published only in fragmentary form. Almost all of these works present major difficulties in both attribution and annotation, here seriously addressed for the first time. This edition is a companion
venture to Harold Love's important edition of Rochester (OUP, 1999).
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Table of Contents

VOLUME I; List of Illustrations; Abbreviations and Works Frequently Cited; Introduction; WORKS ASSOCIATED WITH BUCKINGHAM; The Chances; Sir Politick Would-be by Saint-Evremond, the Duke of Buckingham, and the Sieur d'Aubigny; The Country Gentleman by Sir Robert Howard and the Duke of Buckingham; The Rehearsal; The Restauration; or, Right will Take Place; Untitled Verse Play Fragment ['Theodorick']; CRITICAL APPARATUS; Explanatory Notes; Transmissional Histories; VOLUME II; MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS; A Letter to Sir Thomas Osborn; To Mr Martin Clifford on his Humane-Reason; A Hue-and-Cry after Beauty and Vertue; The Militant Couple; An Essay upon Reason, and Religion, In a Letter to Nevil Pain, Esq; A Short Discourse upon the Reasonableness of Men's Having a Religion; The Duke of Buckingham His Grace's Letter, to the Un-known Author of a Paper, Entitled, A Short Answer to his Grace the Duke of Buckingham's Paper Concerning Religion, Toleration, and Liberty of Conscience; The French General; A Conference on the Doctrine of Transubstantiation Be-tween His Grace the Duke of Buckingham and Father Fitzgerald, An Irish Jesuit; The 'Buckingham' Commonplace Book; POEMS; To his Mistress; on the Dut: by D. Buck; 'The larke' and 'The owle'; Lines on Winifred Wells; On these 2 V. of Mr Howards; On the humor in Mr [-----] Howards Play where Mr Kinaston disputes his staying in, or going out of Town; Upon the following Passage in the Conquest of Granada; An Epitaph upon Thomas Late Lord Fairfax; Duke of Bu: of la: Shros; On the London fires Monument; A Notion Taken out of Tullie's dialogue, De Senecute; Aduice to a Paynter, to draw the Delineaments of a Statesman, and his Vunderlings; The Lost Mistress A Complaint; A Supplement to the Chequer-Inne; Upon the Installment, of Sir ----- Os-----n, and the Late Duke of New-castle; A Song on Thomas Earl of Danby; A Familiar Epistle to Mr Julian Secretary to the Muses; On Fortune; Optimum quod evenit; The Cabbin-Boy; The Ducks; APPENDIXES; I. Biographical Documents; II. Satiric and Commendatory Poems about Buckingham; III. The Publication of Buckingham's Works; IV. The Preface to A Key to the Rehearsal (1704); V. A translation of Sir Politic Would-be by H. Gaston Hall; VI. 'A Sermon supposed to be preached by Dr B:'; VII. Rejected Attributions; CRITICAL APPARATUS; Explanatory Notes; Transmissional Histories; Index to Introductions and Notes

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