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John Wilmot
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    (April 1, 1647-July 26, 1680)
    Born in Ditchley, England, United Kingdom
    2nd Earl of Rochester
    Member of 'the Merry Gang' in the court of King Charles II
    Wrote 'A Satyre on Charles II,' 'A Satyre on Mankind,' 'The Disabled Debauchee,' 'The Imperfect Enjoyment' and 'Absent from Thee I Languish'
    He had already earned a reputation for debauchery as a teen at Oxford.
    He married an heiress he had earlier tried to abduct.
    During a period away from court, he practiced as a quack physician.
    He claimed to have been continuously drunk for five years.
    He died from syphilis and alcohol.
    His poems were frequently banned for obscenity and blasphemy.
    He graduated from Oxford at age 14.
    He became a popular hero for his courage during the Battle of Vagen against the Dutch navy (August 2, 1665).
    Voltaire called him 'the man of genius, the great poet' and praised his satires for their 'energy and fire.'
    He was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the film 'The Libertine.'

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