Cotton, Charles, 1630–87, English author. He is chiefly remembered for his contribution to his friend Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler (5th ed. 1676). His pleasant, unaffected verse includes
An Ode to Winterand
The Retirement.He also wrote burlesques of Vergil (1664) and Lucian (1665) and a translation of Montaigne's Essays (1685–86).
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