The life history of Arthur Maynwaring (1668–1712) serves to illustrate the caprices of fortune. He had a brief but glittering career, emerging from relative obscurity to a key role in print culture as

chef de la propagande

for the Whig party. After his birth in Shropshire on 9 July 1668, his early years as a member of a nonjuring family in the Welsh borders did not suggest such a future. In effect, he dropped out of both Oxford and the Inner Temple, while his attraction to Jacobitism caused him to publish harsh satires on the new regime of William and Mary, competent enough to be attributed to Dryden. It was only when he reached his thirties that he became fully reconciled to the established order, gaining the patronage of important figures by a combination of talent as a communicator…

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Citation: Rogers, Pat. "Arthur Maynwaring". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 April 2021 [, accessed 14 April 2024.]

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