John Dryden facts for kids
9 August 1631|
Aldwincle, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, England
|Died||1 May 1700
|Occupation||poet, literary critic, playwright|
|Alma mater||Cambridge University|
|Notable work(s)||Absalom and Achitophel, MacFlecknoe|
John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) was an English poet laureate.
He was the oldest of fourteen children born to Erasmus Dryden and wife Mary Pickering. As a boy Dryden lived in the nearby village of Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire. In 1644 he was sent to Westminster School. In the late twentieth century a house at Westminster was founded in his name.
On 1 December 1663 Dryden married the royalist sister of Sir Robert Howard—Lady Elizabeth. They had three sons.
His first play, The Wild Gallant was in 1663. It was not successful. But from 1668 on he was contracted to make three plays a year for the King's Company.
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Portrait of John Dryden by Sir Godfrey Kneller
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