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This is an auction for LORD ROCHESTER'S MONKEY by Graham Greene.

Amazon.com review:

"Lord Rochester's Monkey was written between 1931 and 1934 and, because of the reputation of its subject, the notorious Restoration libertine and poet, the book failed to find a publisher. Rochester was a fine lyrical and satirical poet whose work, in Greene's opinion, has been greatly underestimated, being overshadowed by his life of lechery and drunkenness, wild pranks and practical jokes. At court, Charles II suffered but respected Rochester's coruscating satires, joined in his erotic escapades and rewarded him with distinctions. Yet the last thirteen years of his life were "clouded by the fumes of drink" and literary quarrels. On his deathbed in 1680 - he was only 33 - he called for Dr Burnet and repented."

"FIVE STARS!!! In taking on the Rochester legend Greene has set himself a formidable task because Rochester exists primarily by virtue of his very unvirtuous reputation. At the time Greene set about researching Rochester his lyrics were virtually unread by all but Rochester and Restoration scholars because no general collection (let alone a scholarly edition) of his works existed in the 1930s. His poems were not readily available to the public and even students and scholars had to search the archives to find them (at Oxford his verses were kept in a special file that scholars had to ask for). And at the time Greene was writing his biography no one really wanted anything to do with it; thus it went unpublished for forty years. One of the best literary biographies I've encountered."

Large format Penguin paperback 1976.

231 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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