John Dryden - Inventor Of England

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Valentine Cunningham explores the life of the poet and dramatist John Dryden, who died 300 years ago this week, and investigates how he used his position as poet laureate during the turbulent Restoration to promote an idea of English cultural nationalism which is still central to the debate about English identity today.

Contributors include Christopher Logue, Peter Porter, Andrew Motion and Christine Gerrard.