poet, literary critic, translator, playwright, the leading man of letters of his day (source: wiki); English Restoration came to be defined in literary circles as the Age of Dryden (source: Project Gutenberg); Walter Scott called him Glorious John (source: Scott, W. Waverley, vol. 12, chap 14, The Pirate: "I am desirous to hear of your meeting with Dryden". "What, with Glorious John?"); I discovered him through Helene Hanff and John Carey.
(A Life in Books)