Edward Phillips was educated by his uncle John Milton, before entering Magdalen College Oxford in 1650; he was afterwards tutor to the son of John Evelyn and to Philip Herbert, seventh earl of Pembroke. As one educated by John Milton, Phillips's critical remarks in Theatrum Poetarum are thought to carry some weight. Thomas Warton thought it "discovers many traces of Milton's hand" History of English Poetry, and Samuel Egerton Brydges believed that "The opinions, nay the very expressions, of Milton break out in almost every page" preface to Theatrum Poetarum (1800).
1658New World of English Words: To the most illustrious and impartial Sisters, the two Universities.
1669Tractulus de Carmine Dramatico Poetarum Veterum.
1675Theatrum Poetarum: Edmund Spenser.
1675Theatrum Poetarum: Preface.
The illustrious shepherdess ... made English [de Montalaban, trans.] 1656.
The mysteries of love and eloquence. 1658.
The new world of English words. 1658.
A chronicle of the kings of England [Richard Baker, continued by Phillips]. 1665.
Theatrum poetarum: or a compleat collection of the poets. 1675.
The minority of St. Lewis. 1685.