A Brief History of an English Literature: An Augustan Age


Editors: : Rakesh Rathod (MA English)

 Edition : 1

Book Size :  6*9        

Pages 120

ISBN  : 978-81-943432-5-7

 Format : Paperback & Ebook



The eighteenth century in English literature has been called the Augustan Age,
the Neoclassical Age, and the Age of Reason. The term ‘the Augustan Age’
comes from the self-conscious imitation of the original Augustan writers, Virgil
and Horace, by many of the writers of the period. Specifically, the Augustan
Age was the period after the Restoration era to the death of Alexander Pope
(~1690 – 1744). The major writers of the age were Pope and John Dryden in
poetry, and Jonathan Swift and Joseph Addison in prose. Dryden forms the link
between Restoration and Augustan literature; although he wrote ribald
comedies in the Restoration vein, his verse satires were highly admired by the
generation of poets who followed him, and his writings on literature were very
much in a neoclassical spirit. I particularly aimed at interpretation of sociopolitical
milieu of Augustan Age, of social change, of literary tendencies of the
age, and of prose, novel, poetry and drama of the Augustan Age.