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Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon

Nigel Smith


The seventeenth-century poet Andrew Marvell (1621–1678) is one of the most intriguing figures in English literature. A noted civil servant under Cromwell's Protectorate, he has been variously identified as a patriot, spy, conspirator, concealed homosexual, father to the liberal tradition, and incendiary satirical pamphleteer and freethinker. But while Marvell's poetry and prose have attracted a wide modern following, his prose is known only to specialists, and much of his personal life remains shrouded in mystery. This biography provides a look into Marvell's life, from his early employment as ... More

Keywords: Andrew Marvell, civil servant, Cromwell's Protectorate, gentleman's companion, suspicious death, poisoning, patriot, liberal tradition, satirical pamphleteer, freethinker

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300112214
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300112214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel Smith, author