John Dryden

John Dryden (/ˈdrdən/; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 163112 May  [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was appointed England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.[1][2]

John Dryden
Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
In office
13 April 1668  January 1688
MonarchCharles II
Preceded byInaugural holder
Succeeded byThomas Shadwell
Personal details
Born(1631-08-19)19 August 1631
Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, England
Died12 May 1700(1700-05-12) (aged 68)
London, England
Spouse(s)Lady Elizabeth Howard
ChildrenCharles, John, and Erasmus Henry
Alma materWestminster School
Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Poet
  • literary critic
  • playwright
  • librettist

He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Romanticist writer Sir Walter Scott called him "Glorious John".[3]