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Dry·den(drīd′n), John 1631-1700.
English writer and poet laureate (1668-1689). The outstanding literary figure of the Restoration, he wrote critical essays, poems, such as Absalom and Achitophel (1681), and dramas, including All for Love (1678).
(Biography) John. 1631–1700, English poet, dramatist, and critic of the Augustan period, commonly regarded as the chief exponent of heroic tragedy. His major works include the tragedy All for Love (1677), the verse satire Absalom and Achitophel (1681), and the Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668)
John, 1631–1700, English playwright and critic: poet laureate 1668–88.