Building on the strength of Keith Walker s acclaimed ThePoems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1984), leading scholarNicholas Fisher presents a thoroughly revised and updated editionof the work of one the greatest Restoration wits. * Includes the text of Lucina s Rape, Rochester sadaptation of Fletcher s revenge tragedy Valentinian,in a text that readily identifies Rochester s revisions * Presents the poems in versions that were current duringRochester s lifetime, allowing the reader to experience thepoems as Rochester s contemporaries did * Incorporates insights and discoveries made over the lasttwenty-five years and texts of manuscripts that previously wereunavailable for study
Nicholas Fisher is a visiting research fellow at theInstitute of English Studies, University of London. He is theco-editor of a performing edition of the early settings ofRochester s songs, Songs to Phillis (1999), and itsexpanded version, Singing to Phillis: Settings of Poems by theEarl of Rochester 1647-1680 (2009). He is also the editor of acollection of essays on Rochester, That Second Bottle(2000).