John Dryden, poet, dramatist, critic, and translator; b. 9 August, 1631, at Oldwinkle All Saints, Northamptonshire, England; d. at London, 30 April, 1700. He was the son of Erasmus Dryden (or Driden) and Mary Pickering, daughter of the Rev. Henry Pickering. Erasmus Dryden was the son of Sir Erasmus Dryden, and was a justice of the peace under Oliver Cromwell.
On both sides Dryden's family were of the Parliamentary party.
Read All for Love by John Dryden, one of 14 of his works available free from Project Gutenberg.