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John Wilmot - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, with monkey.
John Wilmot   (1647 - 1680)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born: 1647
Ditchley Park, Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England
 
Died: 1680
Rangers Lodge, Woodstock, England
 
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John Wilmot - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/1/1647     Of Rochester and Rakes
On this day in 1647 John Wilmot, perhaps the most notorious of the Restoration rakes, was born. By poem and play, song and satire, maid and monkey -- some say he trained his pet monkey to excrete upon his guests, others say he merely encouraged it -- the 2nd Earl of Rochester became the talk of town and Court. If, as Samuel Johnson said, he "blazed out his youth and health in lavish voluptuousness," he also wrote, said Hazlitt, verses that "cut and sparkle like diamonds."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
by John Wilmot, Keith Walker (Editor)
anthology, poetry
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Martyr for Sin: Rochester's Critique of Polity, Sexuality, and Society
by Kirk Combe
criticism and analysis
 
A Profane Wit: The Life of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
by James William Johnson
biography
 
Lord Rochester's Monkey: Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester
by Graham Greene
biography
 
Reading Rochester
by Edward Burns (Editor)
essays
 
Rochester: The Poems in Context
by Marianne Thormählen
criticism and analysis
 
That Second Bottle: Essays on John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
by Nicholas Fisher (Editor)
essays
 
The Debt to Pleasure: John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: In the Eyes of His Contemporaries and in His Own Poetry and Prose
by John Adlard (Editor)
essays
 
The Satyr: An Account of the Life and Work, Death and Salvation of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester
by Cephas Goldsworthy
biography
 
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Druidic.org
Find a short biography and selected love and satirical poetry.

"Rochester's own writings were at once admired and infamous. Posthumous printings of his play Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery gave rise to prosecutions for obscenity, and were destroyed. During his lifetime, his songs and satires were known mainly from anonymous broadsheets and manuscript circulation; most of Rochester's poetry was not published under his name until after his death."
John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
This websites features an undergraduate thesis paper, and a small collection of poems and links.

"Hobbes' Leviathan ... is often pointed to as a major influence on Rochester, and with good reason. Anthony à Wood wrote that 'the Court...not only debauched him but made him a perfect Hobbist.' ... Hobbes' Leviathan was one of the most significant books of its time (Hobbes himself had been a tutor to Charles II). However, several of Rochester's poems point strongly to Hobbes as an influence, in particular, 'Love and Life,' whose second stanza is derived from Hobbes' writings."
Samuel Johnson's Lives of the English Poets
Find excerpts from Johnson's work on John Wilmot, and selected poems including "Satyr," "Poems to Mulgrave and Scroope: An Epistolary Essay," "An Allusion to Horace," and "Upon Nothing." With links to other online resources.

"In all his works there is sprightliness and vigour, and every where may be found tokens of a mind which study might have carried to excellence; what more can be expected from a life spent in ostentatious contempt of regularity, and ended before the abilities of many other men began to be displayed?"
-- Dr. Samuel Johnson
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