This text surveys the extraordinary richness of literary culture in a single year. Paul Salzman examines what was written, published, performed and, in some cases, even spoken during 1621 in Britain. Well known works by writers such as Donne, Burton, Middleton and Ralegh are examined alongside hitherto unknown works in a variety of genres: plays, poems, romances, advice books, sermons, histories, parliamentary speeches and royal proclamations. This is a work of literary history that enhances knowledge of what it was like to read, write and listen in early modern Britain.
PAUL SALZMAN is Senior Lecturer in English at La Trobe University, Australia. He is the author of English Prose Fiction 1558-1700: A Critical History. He has published a number of editions of early modern writing.