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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of any national literature, the period of its highest state of purity and refinement; -- so called because the reign of Augustus Cæsar was the golden age of Roman literature. Thus the reign of Louis XIV. (b. 1638) has been called the Augustan age of French literature, and that of Queen Anne (b. 1664) the Augustan age of English literature.

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  • It was rather during those early years when George's father read aloud to his family the pastorals of the so-called Augustan age of English poetry, that the boy was first struck with the unreality and consequent worthlessness of the conventional pictures of rural life.

    Crabbe

  • This reign is called the Augustan age of England, from the number of polished writers then living – Dryden, Addison, Pope, Swift, Gay, Steele, &c.

    A Parallel History of France and England; Consisting of Outlines and Dates

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