John Suckling: Fragmenta Aurea

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  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

The posthumously published Fragmenta Aurea is described thus on the title page of the first edition: “A Collection of all the Incomparable Peeces, Written by Sir John Suckling. And published by a Friend to perpetuate his memory. Printed by his owne Copies”. There are at least two dubious claims here. The most misleading is the suggestion that this is in any sense a comprehensive gathering of Suckling's work. It contains some 32 poems, 29 letters and three plays (Aglaura, The Goblins and Brennoralt). In common with most poets of his social class Suckling chose not to publish the body of his work (with the exception of Aglaura) during his lifetime. The circulation of his poetry in manuscript, most …

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Pursglove, Glyn. "Fragmenta Aurea". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
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