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Ward, Edward or Ned

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405156691.2011.x


Ward, Edward or Ned (1667–1731), writer, was probably born in Leicestershire. Nothing is certainly known of his parentage or education. He emerges into view with The Poet's Ramble after Riches, or, A Night's Transactions upon the Road Burlesqu'd (1691), a poem of humorous complaint in the octosyllabic style of Samuel Butler (1613–80), known as “Hudibrastics” after Butler's major satirical poem, Hudibras (1662–80). A number of similar anonymous poems of similar date on, for example, art auctions and money, are often attributed to Ward. He acknowledged authorship of a serious poem On the Death of the Late Lieutenant General Talmach (1694). His prose satire on the arts of women, Female Policy Detected , appeared in 1695. His A Trip to Jamaica (1698), also in prose, may or may not have an autobiographical component, but its sequel, A Trip to New-England (1699), is fictional. Ward's series of satirical sketches The London Spy appeared in 18 parts from November 1698, and was published in volume form in 1702. It explored with a certain brisk relish the street life of London and the unofficial activities lurking in its more obvious tourist attractions. Its final installment coincided with the death and funeral of John *Dryden, of which it gave an account. It was one of Ward's most frequently reprinted books and has been much mined since by cultural historians. The next decade ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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