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From the year 1677 unto the year 1682’ in an edition that was paginated to continue Marvell's. Also in 1682, Dryden associated a later inflammatory pamphlet, the three-part No Protestant Plot, with Marvell's earlier piece, describing the third part vindicating the Earl of Shaftesbury (incorrectly) as stolen, ‘much of it,’ from the ‘dead author's Growth of Popery’ (No. 21). As a result of this sense of its political relevance, during the early years of the next century historians continued to denigrate or commend it according to their Whiggish or Tory propensities (see No.
7 Motivation then, as for the later editions discussed below, was the desire to capitalize on Marvell's political reputation. This easy availability of four texts dealing with topical matters that were handled with wit or bravado does much to account for the seventeenth-century, as well as the later, emphasis on the polemicist in prose. A contributing factor that helps to explain how the image of the incorruptible patriot developed, and accounts for its survival long after the pamphlets ceased to have topical interest, relates to difficulties attendant on their publication.
16) As a result, when John Dove, ‘a Whig and a dissenter’ (see No. 50), published the first single life of Marvell in 1832, though ‘pillaging’ this and other sources, he included seventeen of the poems as well as extracts from the prose, while Hartley Coleridge, who unblushingly plagiarized Dove, included seven in one of the versions of his Life which appeared as an individual biography under the imprint of two different Hull publishers in 1835. The other version had appeared in the same year as Dove's as part of the Worthies of Yorkshire and Lancashire; though also indebted to Dove, this version relied on the letters to a greater degree with a consequent greater stress on Marvell's patriotic and parliamentary character.
Andrew Marvell : the critical heritage by Elizabeth Story Donno