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British Literature: Restoration 1660-1789

A guide for ENG 240 Foundations of British Literature.

Subject Headings

  • English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
  • English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
  • Milton, John, 1608-1674. Paradise lost -- Study and teaching.
  • Dryden, John, 1631-1700 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History.
  • Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745. Gulliver's travels.
  • Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
  • Political satire, English -- History and criticism.
  • Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Verse satire, English -- History and criticism.
  • Bunyan, John, 1628-1688 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History.
  • Bunyan, John, 1628-1688. Pilgrim's progress.

John Milton 1608-1674

An English poet,  polemist and man of Letters and a civil servant for the Commonwealth Of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse. Paradise Lost was composed by the blind and impoverished Milton from 1658 to 1664 (first edition), with small but significant revisions published in 1674 (second edition). 


Paradise Lost

Title page of the first edition (1668)

Satan by Gustave Doré, for Paradise Lost 

Library Materials


John Bunyan 1628-1688

Bunyan was an English Christian writer and preacher, who is well-known for his book The Pilgrim's Progress.

Alexander Pope 1688-1744

A likeness of Pope derived from a portrait by William Hoare

Pope's most famous poem is The Rape of the Lock, first published in 1712, with a revised version published in 1714. A mock-epic, it satirises a high-society quarrel between Arabella Fermor (the "Belinda" of the poem) and Lord Petre, who had snipped a lock of hair from her head without her permission.

Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

Charles Jarvis portrait of Swift, 1718

A Modest Proposal 1729 Cover