Andrew Marvell and the Restoration Literary Underground: Printing the Painter Poems

Dzelzainis, Martin
October 2007
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2007, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p395
Academic Journal
In this essay, Martin Dzelzainis reconstructs how Andrew Marvell's Second Advice to a Painter , Third Advice to a Painter , and Clarendon's Housewarming – poems in which he satirized the government's failings in the Anglo-Dutch War of 1665-1667 – crossed the media divide from manuscript to print. Based on new archival evidence, it argues that they were probably printed by the nonconformist George Larkin at a clandestine press in Southwark, notwithstanding the efforts of Roger L'Estrange, the Surveyor of the Press, and the officers of the Stationers' Company. It thus illuminates a key episode in the development of Restoration print culture and, in particular, the workings of the informal network of radical printers and booksellers who constituted the London literary underground.


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