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Selected Poetry of Sir William D'Avenant (1606-1668)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to prose

  1. Preface to Gondibert, an Heroick Poem (1651/1673)

Biographical information

Given name: Sir William
Family name: D'Avenant
Birth date: February 1606
Death date: 7 April 1668
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: John D'Avenant
          wife: Anne D'Avenant
          wife: Maria D'Avenant
          brother: George D'Avenant
          brother: Nicholas D'Avenant
          brother: Robert D'Avenant
          son: Charles D'Avenant
          son: William D'Avenant
Languages
          English
          Latin
          Greek
Education
          tutored by Edward Sylvester
          Lincoln College
Religion: Roman Catholic: 1645 to 1668
Honours
          Poet Laureate: 13 December 1638
          Knighthood: 1643
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupation: Page
Residences
          London
          Paris
          playhouse, Lincoln's Inn Fields to 7 April 1668
          Oxford: February 1606
Buried at: Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1996