A History of British Irish and American Literature by Hans-Peter Wagner

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Samuel Butler (161280) wrote a mock-heroic poem, Hudibras (1663-78), denouncing all the hypocrisies of Puritanism. Butler's tale of Sir Hudibras, the fat and quarrelsome knight, and his squire Ralph, is reminiscent of Cervantes9, and, in its coarseness, of Rabelais10 and Scarron11, both vastly influential French writers. With the help of burlesque, travesty, and parody, Butler ridiculed the Puritan mentality, as in this description of Hudibras's religion. For his religion, it was fit To match his learning and his wit.

This masterpiece has proved influential for many European writers. Cervantes also wrote outstanding stories (Novelas Ejemplares, 1613) and a number of comedies. 10 François Rabelais (c. 1494-c. 1553), French writer, humanist, and doctor. He published many works on archeology and medicine but is mainly remembered for his satirical and fantastic books about the popular giants Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-52). Rabelais's comic realism ranges from obscenity to parody. His influence on English literature was widespread after the first good translations had appeared in 1653.

It found literary expression in Wilkes's parody, An Essay on Woman (1763), and John Cleland's notorious Fanny Hill (1748/9). The English libertines, however, imitating French examples, were a minority and certainly not as influential as the Frenchmen they tried to emulate. creatures around him and that man, in order to achieve rectitude and virtue, must respect society and the public. His principal work is Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, and Times (1711, rev. in 1714). 5 Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), English lawyer and philosopher.

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