Alice Gregory

Alice Gregory is a is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and a contributing editor at T. She has written for publications including The New YorkerHarper’sGQ, and n+1.

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Court Jester

By Alice Gregory

Never were politics, power, and punch lines more intertwined than in the strange case of John Wilmot. The second Earl of Rochester was a poet and playwright whose mischief-making lifestyle and caustic satirical writing got him banished from court (and invited back) on what seems to have been a routine basis. This was a man who lived as he wrote. More