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The Literary Underground in the 1660s
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The Literary Underground in the 1660s: Andrew Marvell, George Wither, Ralph Wallis, and the World of Restoration Satire and Pamphleteering

Stephen Bardle


The Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 has commonly been understood as representing a return to political stability and religious consensus following the tumultuous civil wars and Commonwealth period. By analysing oppositional, underground texts from 1660–1670 this new study contributes to an ongoing historical re-evaluation of the Restoration period. Stephen Bardle provides a new literary historical narrative of what was in fact one of the most tumultuous periods in English history, when terrible plague, the Great Fire of London, and a brutal war against the Dutch quickly undermined the popu ... More

Keywords: satire, pamphleteering, the restoration, clarendon code, puritanism, literary underground, Marvell, Wither, Wallis, public sphere, radicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660858
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Bardle, author