*Required Reading  (by date of publication)


*Drayton, Poems Lyric and Pastoral (1606), Poly-Olbion (1612, 1622), Poems (1619, 1637)

*Amelia Lanier, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, (1611) (Ed. A. L. Rowse 1978)

*Donne, Poems (1633, additions in 1635)

*Jonson, Epigrams, Forest (in Works, 1616), Underwoods (in Works, 1640)

*Greville, Works (1633)

*Herbert, The Temple (1633)

*Carew, Poems (1640)

*Denham, Cooper's Hill (1642, 1655)

*Milton, Poems (1645)

*Waller, Poems (1645)

*Suckling, Fragmenta Aurea (1646), Last Remains (1659)

*Crashaw, Steps to the Temple (1646)

*Vaughan, Poems (1646), Silex Scintillans (1650, 1655)

*Herrick, Hesperides, Noble Numbers (1648)

*Lovelace, Lucasta (1649, 1660 [with Posthume Poems])

*Collins, Divine Songs and Meditacions (Sidney Gottlieb, ed.) (1653)

*King, Poems (1657)

*Wroth, Poems, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (MSS: ed. Roberts, 1983)


*Florio, tr. Essays of Montaigne (1603)

*Bacon, Advancement of Learning (1605), Essays (1597, 1612, 1625)

*Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)

*Donne, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624), Deaths Duel (1632)

*Milton, Reason of Church Government (1642), Of Education and Areopagitica (1644), Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649), The Ready and Easy Way (1660)

*Browne, Religio Medici (1643), Hydriotaphia and The Garden of Cyrus (1658)

*Hobbes, Leviathan (1651)

*Walton, Lives (1670)

Drama (date of acting, except where "p." indicates publication):

*Jonson, Volpone (1606), The Alchemist (1610), Bartholomew Fair (1614)

*Webster, The White Devil (1612), The Duchess of Malfi (1614?)

*Middleton, Chaste Maid in Cheapside (1611), Women, Beware Women (1620), A Game at Chess (1624)

*Middleton and Rowley, The Changeling (1622)

*Ford, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1629), Broken Heart (1629), Perkin Warbeck (1631),


*Jonson, Timber (1640)


*Milton, Paradise Lost (1667, 1674), Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes (1671)

*Marvell, Poems (1681)

For Further Reading (by date of publication)


Fletcher, Christ's Victory and Triumph (1610)

Byrd, Psalms, Songs, and Sonnets (1611)

Wither, Abuses Stript and Whipt (1613); The Shepherd's Hunting (1615), Britain's Remembrancer (1628); A Collection of Emblems (1635)

Chapman, tr. Iliad (1611), Odyssey (1615)

Wither, The Shepherd Hunting, Fidelia (1615), Hymns and Songs of the Church (1623), Britain's Remembrancer (1628), Emblems (1635)

Wroth, Urania (1621)

Quarles, Divine Poems (1630), Divine Fancies (1632), Emblems (1635)

John Taylor, Works (1630); Penniless Pilgrimage

Herbert, The Temple (1633)

Randolph, Poems (1638)

Justa Edouardo King (1638)

Bay Psalm Book (1640)

Cleveland, The Character of a London-Diurnall: With ... Poems (1647; 1651)

Bradstreet, Tenth Muse (1650)

Davenant, Gondibert (1650)

Marvell, First Anniversary of...the Lord Protector (1655)

Cowley, Poems (1656)

Hall, Emblems (1658)

E. Herbert, Occasional Verses (1665)

Corbett, Certain Elegant Poems (1672)

[J. Marston, poems]

[Edward Taylor, poems]

[Traherne, poems and "centuries"]


Cornwallis, Essays (1600-01)

James I, Basilikon Doron (1603)

Camden, Remains Concerning Britain (1605)

Hall, Characters of Virtues and Vices (1608)

King James Bible (1611)

Overbury, et al. Characters (1614)

Ralegh, History of the World (1614)

Purchas, Purchas His Pilgrim (1619)

Peacham, A Complete Gentleman (1622)

Donne, Five Sermons (1626,) Juvenilia (1633), Six Sermons (1634), LXXX Sermons (with Walton's Life, 1640), Biathanatos (1646?), Fifty Sermons (1649), XXVI Sermons (1660)

Earle, Microcosmography (1628)

Andrewes, XCVI Sermons (1629), Private Devotions (1647)

Prynne, Histriomastix (1632)

Chillingworth, The Religion of Protestants (1637)

Howell, Epistolae Ho-Elianae (1645, 1647)

J. Taylor, Liberty of Prophesying (1647)

Descartes, Discourse (tr. 1649)

Baxter, The Saints' Everlasting Rest (1650)

Fuller, Church History of Britain (1655)

Cavendish, Nature's Pictures (1656)

Harrington, Oceana (1656)

Drama (date of acting, except where "p." indicates publication):

Heywood, Woman Killed with Kindness (1603)

Marston, Dutch Courtesan (1603), Malcontent (1604)

Chapman, Bussy D'Ambois, All Fools (1604), Widow's Tears (1605)

Anon., The Revenger's Tragedy (1606)

Beaumont, Knight of the Burning Pestle (1607)

Fletcher, The Faithful Shepherdess (1608)

Tourneur, The Atheist's Tragedy (1609?)

Beaumont and Fletcher, Philaster (1609), The Maid's Tragedy, A King and No King (1611)

Massinger, New Way to Pay Old Debts (1622)

Milton, Arcades (1632?), Masque at Ludlow (Comus, 1634)

Shirley, The Cardinal (1631)

Fanshawe, Pastor Fido (1647)

Davenant, Siege of Rhodes (p. 1656, 1659)



Daniel, Defence of Rhyme (1603)

Campion, Observations in the Art of English Poesy (1602)

Sandys, commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses (1632)

Reynolds, Mythomystes (1632)

Davenant and Hobbes, Discourse Upon Gondibert. With an Answer (1650)


Behn, Oroonoko (1688)

Secondary Readings (with dates of original publication):

Arthur Barker, Milton and the Puritan Dilemma (1942)

Douglas Bush, Mythology and the Renaissance Tradition in English Poetry (1932), English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century (rev. ed., 1965)

Ernst Cassirer, The Platonic Renaissance in England (tr. 1953); The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy (tr. 1963)

Rosalie Colie, Paradoxia Epidemica (1966), The Resources of Kind (1973)

Patrick Collinson, The Religion of Protestants: The Church in English Society 1559-1625 (1982)

M. Croll, Style, Rhetoric, and Rhythm (1969)

Godfrey Davies, The Early Stuarts, 1603-1660 (1937)

A. G. Dickens, The English Reformation (1964)

J. Dollimore, Radical Tragedy (1983)

Ann Ferry, All in War With Time (1975)

Stanley Fish, Surprised by Sin: the Reader in "Paradise Lost" (1967), Self-Consuming Artifacts: the Experience of Seventeenth-Century Literature (1972)

Brian Gibbons, Jacobean City Comedy (1980)

S. Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980)

William Haller, The Rise of Puritanism (1938)

Hiram Haydn, Counter-Renaissance (1950)

Christopher Hill, The Century of Revolution, 1603-1714 (1971)

John Hollander, The Untuning of the Sky (1961)

Fredric Jameson, The Political Unconscious (1981)

H. R. Jauss, Toward an Aesthetic of Reception (1982)

Barbara K. Lewalski, Protestant Poetics (1979)

L. C. Knights, Drama and Society in the Age of Jonson (1937)

T. S. Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution (1959)

Macherey, A Theory of Literary Production (1978)

Louis L. Martz, The Poetry of Meditation (1954)

Perry Miller, The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century (1939)

W. Fraser, Mitchell, English Pulpit Oratory from Andrewes to Tillotson (1932)

William Nelson, Fact or Fiction (1965)

Marjorie Nicolson, The Breaking of the Circle (1950)

Stephen Orgel, The Jonsonian Masque (1965)

________, and R. Strong, The Theatres of the Stuart Court (1973)

Douglas Peterson, The English Lyric from Wyatt to Donne (1966)

J. G. A. Pocock, The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law... (1957)

R. Popkin, History of Scepticism from Erasmus to Descartes (1960)

Christopher Ricks, ed., English Poetry and Prose 1540-1674 (1970)

Isabel Rivers, Classical and Christian Ideas in the English Renaissance (1975)

Joseph H. Summers, George Herbert: His Religion and Art (1953), The Muse's Method (1965), The Heirs of Donne and Jonson (1970)

Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971)

G. R. Trevelyan, England under the Stuarts (1904)

Rosemond Tuve, Elizabethan and Metaphysical Imagery (1947)

Basil Willey, Seventeenth-Century Background (1934)

C. V. Wedgewood, Poetry and Politics Under the Stuarts (1960)

George Williamson, The Senecan Amble (1951)

A. Wolf, A History of Science, Technology, and philosophy in the 16th and 17th Century (1959)

Louis B. Wright, Middle-Class Culture in Elizabethan England (1935)


October 1999