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).