Building on the strength of Keith Walker?s acclaimed The Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1984), leading scholar Nicholas Fisher presents a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the work of one the greatest Restoration wits.
Includes the text of Lucina?s Rape, Rochester?s adaptation of Fletcher?s revenge tragedy Valentinian, in a text that readily identifies Rochester?s revisions
Presents the poems in versions that were current during Rochester?s lifetime, allowing the reader to experience the poems as Rochester?s contemporaries did
Incorporates insights and discoveries made over the last twenty-five years and texts of manuscripts that previously were unavailable for study
Nicholas Fisher is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. He is the co-editor of a performing edition of the early settings of Rochester's songs, Songs to Phillis (1999), and its expanded version, Singing to Phillis: Settings of Poems by the Earl of Rochester 1647-1680 (2009). He is also the editor of a collection of essays on Rochester, That Second Bottle (2000).