ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Cotton

(1630-1687)


Charles Cotton, born at Beresford in Staffordshire in 1630, was privately educated. He was a young friend of Izaak Walton (Cotton's father had known Donne, Jonson, and Herrick) who lived as a country gentleman. Apart from his continuation of the Compleat Angler, he was well known for his burlesque of Virgil and translations from Montaigne.


TEXT RECORDS:

1665 ca.Eclogue.
1665 ca.Winter. De Monsieur Marigny. Directed to Sir Robert Coke.
1665 ca.[Quatrains.]

PUBLICATIONS:

A panegyrick to the King's most excellent Majesty. 1660.
The valiant knight. 1663.
The morall philosophy of the stoicks, written originally in French by Monsieur du Vair. 1664.
Scarronides, or Virgile travestie. 1664, 1665, 1667.
The nicker nicked: or the cheats of gaming discovered. 1669.
The history of the life of the Duke of Espernon ... Englished. 1670.
Horace: a French tragedy of Monsieur Corneille. Englished. 1670.
The fair one of Tunis [trans. Cotton]. 1674.
The commentaries of Messire Blaize de Montluc [trans. Cotton]. 1674.
The compleat gamester. 1674.
Burlesque upon burlesque, or the scoffer scoft: being some of Lucians dialogues newly put into English fustian. 1675.
The planters manual. 1675.
The compleat angler: part 2. 1676.
The wonders of the Peake. 1681.
Essays of Michael Seigneur de Montaigne and an account of the author's life, newly rendered into English. 3 vols, 1685.
Poems on several occasions. 1689.
Memoirs of the Sieur de Pontis, faithfully Englished. 1694.
The valiant knight: or the legend of St. Peregrin. 1888.
Poems, ed. John Beresford. 1923.
Poems, ed. John Buxton. 1958.