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The World of John Taylor the Water-Poet 1578–1653

Bernard Capp


This book studies a self-educated popular writer who carved out a pioneering role for himself as a ‘media celebrity’ and became a national institution. John Taylor chronicled his adventurous life and passed judgement on his age in a stream of shrewd and witty pamphlets, poems, and essays. His writings allow us to piece together the world of a London waterman over the space of forty years, from the reign of James I to the aftermath of the civil war. His ready wit, restless ambition, and bonhomie soon made him a well-known figure in the Jacobean literary world and at the royal court. Claiming th ... More

Keywords: John Taylor, writings, pamphlets, poems, essays, civil war, hedonist, moralist, Anglican

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Capp, author
University of Warwick
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