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TEXT Ó Being the Life of John Wilmot × Graham Greene

TEXT Ó Being the Life of John Wilmot × Graham Greene St Being the Life of John Wilmot Second Earl of RochesterLord 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 the most prominent of rakes He was also a fin Lord Rochester John Wilmot 1647 1680 is another unforgettable character from British history whose obscene verse and rude satires dismayed moralists for years He intrigued Graham Greene who spent the early 1930s writing a bio that was rejected and remained unpublished until the 70s It is difficult to think back now to the almost Victorian atmosphere of the early 30s he recalls in the preface Lord R was viewed then as a pornographic writer Greene finds Rochester a major poet and now there are other bios Johnny Depp played the notorious rake in The Libertine 2004 which few saw Women politics and drink dominated Rochester's life; he died age 33 of various venereal diseases What interested Mr Greene? Possibly Lord Rochester's deathbed conversionThe characters floating in out of Wilmot's life Lord Goring Lady Sandwich Sir Francis Fane Lady Davenant evoke the names of characters in a Wilde comedy Frankly you need to be steeped in 17C British history and literature to appreciate the letters diary extracts and assorted triviatas that Greene uses to show how Wilmot's character relates to his life and poetry The backdrop is the Court of Charles 2d which sent the Puritians to the Colonies and heralded an age when it was admirable to sin You were a prig if you didn't Historians are still examining the unbridled sexuality of the RestorationLord Rochester at 20 married an heiress and stashed her in the country where she gave birth to four children He also had a daughter with Elizabeth Barry an actress he personally trained for the stage He was disappointed to learn she'd pleasure any man who offered five pounds He bedded among others one of the King's favorites and assorted bawds during a five year drunken spree The plague raged so did the Great Fire Constant intrigues political maneuvers and uarrels swirled around him He seems like a nasty brat and probably was But playwright George Etherege a friend based his cold hearted cad Dorimant in The Man of Mode on young RochesterHis maxims of morality were don't hurt anyone else and regard your own health Otherwise indulge all appetites Graham Greene liked his collouial poetry musical like that of a man speaking the John Donne influence which he felt had a real Restoration lyric Rochester who always amused the King once penned Here lies a great and mighty king whose promise none relies on; he never said a foolish thing nor ever did a wise one Charles 2d responded This is very true for my words are my own and my actions are my ministersI find this a most curious less than satisfying volume in the Greene canon But I won't think about it too long

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MOBI ↠ DOC Lord Rochester's Monkey 9780140101546 ´ st Being the Life of John Wilmot Second Earl of RochesterLord 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 the most prominent of ra E 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 This book is a bit of an anomaly the kind of book that most people wouldn’t know about despite the fact that it’s written by a celebrated author a man who’s usually grouped under ‘classics‘ in the bookshop Lord Rochester’s Monkey is in fact a thoroughly interesting read whether you’re interested in history or notLoosely speaking it’s a biography of “Restoration rake and poet” John Wilmot the Second Earl of Rochester who was “famed for his lecheries wild pranks and drunkenness feared for his biting wit” Now I’d never heard of the guy but despite the fact that it could’ve been a biography of anyone for all I cared and the fact that I was reading it because of an interest in the author himself and not his subject matter I actually enjoyed learning about Wilmot and the court of Charles IIThat said I wouldn’t read it again – it was interesting sure but it wasn’t that interesting and one long session of learning about John Wilmot is enough for me I wish I knew a little about why Greene chose Wilmot in the first place – perhaps there was a personal reason for it or perhaps it’s just because Wilmot was “one of the finest poets of his age”

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Lord Rochester's Monkey Being the Life of John Wilmot Second Earl of RochesterHim with distinctions Yet the last thirteen years of his life were clouded by the fumes of drink and literary uarrels On his deathbed in 1680 he was only 33 he called for Dr Burnet and repented His friend Etheridge wrote of him I know he is a devil but had something of the angel yet undefac'd in hi Greene saw much of himself in Lord Rochester although I believe Greene didn't have Rochester's mean streak The text jumps around in a way that is hard to follow especially at the beginning I often had to re read to see which he was referred to I second the opinion of another reviewer who said the reader must know a great deal about the history of the Restoration to appreciate Lord Rochester's life and times This book doesn't seem particularly salacious by modern standards; perhaps there was too much build up about that I also think Greene's interest in Rochester wasn't just in his writings or womanizing but his faith which Greene would probably deny Rochester ignored it suppressed it but it pops up wherever Greene finds a hint of it