ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Rymer

(1641-1713)


The son of a Yorkshire squire, Thomas Rymer attended Cambridge and became a member of Gray's Inn in 1673. While Rymer is remembered as a literary critic, he soon moved on to other things, succeeding Shadwell as Historiographer Royal to William III and devoting the remainder of his life to editing a massive collection of treaties between England and foreign governments.


TEXT RECORDS:

1674Reflections on Aristotle's Treatise of Poesie: The Preface of the Translator.
1678The Tragedies of the last Age consider'd.

PUBLICATIONS:

Cicero's Prince ... collected out of Cicero's works. 1668.
Reflections on Aristotle's treatise of poesie, by R. Rapin. 1674.
Edgar. 1678.
The tragedies of the last age consider'd. 1678.
A general draught and prospect of government in Europe. 1681.
Penelope to Ulyses [Ovid, trans.] 1683.
A poem on the arrival of Queen Mary. 1689.
Poems on several occasions [Rochester, ed. Rymer]. 1691.
A short view of tragedy. 1692.
A defence of dramatick poetry; being a review of Mr Collier's View. 1698.
An essay, concerning critical and curious learning. 1698.
Letters to the ... Bishop of Carlisle. 1702.
Foedera. 17 vols, 1704-17.
On the antiquity, power, and decay of Parliament. 1714.
Some translations from Greek, Latin, and Italian poets. 1714.
Critical works, ed. C. A. Zimansky. 1956.