He led the way in Restoration comedy, his best known work being Marriage à la Mode (1672), as well as heroic tragedy and regular tragedy, in which his greatest success was All for Love (1678).
A novel written in Joyce's characteristic free indirect speech style, A Portrait is a major example of the Künstlerroman (an artist's Bildungsroman) in English literature.
Joyce's novel traces the intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins ...
This version of Emerson's Essays is an historic 1909 edition.
These poems suggest that Dryden was looking to court a possible patron, but he was to instead make a living in writing for publishers, not for the aristocracy, and thus ultimately for the reading public.
These, and his other nondramatic poems, are occasional—that is, they celebrate public events.
His first play, The Wild Gallant appeared in 1663 and was not successful, but he was to have more success, and from 1668 on he was contracted to produce three plays a year for the King's Company in which he was also to become a shareholder.
During the 1660s and 70s theatrical writing was to be his main source of income.
An Essay of Dramatic Poesy by John Dryden was published in 1668.
It was probably written during the plague year of 1666.