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So idle a rogue

by Jeremy Lamb | 23 June 2005
PAPERBACK
Category: General History
Synopsis
Written with sympathy and verve, this biography of Rochester was well received when it was first published. The name of John Wilmot, second earl of Rochester, is synonymous with excess. One of the brightest and most outrageous luminaries at the court of Charles II, he was to drink himself to death by the age of 33. Notorious libertine, certainly; he was also a genius. Rochester was a man of immense contradictions. His satirical works, notably 'A Satire against Reason and Mankind', shows as much weary disgust with himself as with the society he moved in. Famous for the obscenity of his amorous poems, he also penned some of the most moving, witty and lyrical love poetry of all time. He was infamous for his atheism, yet in his final year of life he stunned his friends and turned to God. In this biography, Jeremy Lamb examines for the first time the nature of Rochester's alcoholism and its implications for the man and his poetry. In doing so, it is the man behind the illness whom Lamb brings to life: a man riven by contradictions, by doubt and disgust. Lamb links the illness directly to his ultimate conversion, seeing it not as a fear of dying but rather the discovery of 'certainty'.
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Synopsis
Written with sympathy and verve, this biography of Rochester was well received when it was first published. The name of John Wilmot, second earl of Rochester, is synonymous with excess. One of the brightest and most outrageous luminaries at the court of Charles II, he was to drink himself to death by the age of 33. Notorious libertine, certainly; he was also a genius. Rochester was a man of immense contradictions. His satirical works, notably 'A Satire against Reason and Mankind', shows as much weary disgust with himself as with the society he moved in. Famous for the obscenity of his amorous poems, he also penned some of the most moving, witty and lyrical love poetry of all time. He was infamous for his atheism, yet in his final year of life he stunned his friends and turned to God. In this biography, Jeremy Lamb examines for the first time the nature of Rochester's alcoholism and its implications for the man and his poetry. In doing so, it is the man behind the illness whom Lamb brings to life: a man riven by contradictions, by doubt and disgust. Lamb links the illness directly to his ultimate conversion, seeing it not as a fear of dying but rather the discovery of 'certainty'.
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Product Details

ISBN - 9780750939133
Format - PAPERBACK
Publisher -
Published - 23/06/2005
Categories - All, Books, History and Politics, History Books, General History
No. of Pages - 304
Weight - 230
Edition -
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 20
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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