Cupid’s Grand Polititian (1657)

David McInnis


The English Short Title Catalogue and Early English Books Online both miscatalogue the miscellany, printed in 1657, in which the closet drama Cupid’s Grand Polititian appears. Unsurprisingly, given this mislabelling, Cupid’s Grand Polititian has passed virtually unnoticed by scholars of the early modern English theatre. Only two critics appear to have been aware of the play’s existence, neither of whom offers substantial commentary on it. This note aims to stimulate interest in the play (and the verse miscellany in which it is found) by expounding some of its key features.


closet drama; verse miscellanies; Interregnum; Ovid;

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David McInnis
University of Melbourne