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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (10 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226504654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226504650
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This collection shines a light onto the character and experience of one of the most interesting of monarchs.... [W]e are likely never to get a closer or clearer look at her. An intriguing and intense portrait of a woman who figures so importantly in the birth of our modern world." - Publishers Weekly; "An admirable scholarly edition of the queen's literary output.... This anthology will excite scholars of Elizabethan history, but there is something here for all of us who revel in the English language." - John Cooper, Washington Times; "Substantial, scholarly, but accessible.... An invaluable work of reference." - Patrick Collinson, London Review of Books; "In a single extraordinary volume... Marcus and her coeditors have collected the Virgin Queen's letters, speeches, poems and prayers.... [A]n impressive, heavily footnoted volume." - Library Journal; "This excellent anthology of [Elizabeth's] speeches, poems, prayers and letters demonstrates her virtuosity and affords the reader a penetrating insight into her 'wiles and understandings." - Anne Somerset, New Statesman; "Here then is the only trustworthy collection of the various genres of Elizabeth's writings.... [A] fine edition which will be indispensable to all those interested in Elizabeth I and her reign." - Susan Doran, History "In the torrent of words about her, the queen's own words have been hard to find....[This] volume is a major scholarly achievement that makes Elizabeth's mind much more accessible than before....[A] verltable feast of material in different genres." - David Norbrook, The New Republic

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Janel Mueller is a professor of English, the William Rainey Harper Professor in the College, and dean of the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Native Tongue and the Word: Developments in English Prose Style, 1380-1580.

Leah S. Marcus is the Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Her books include Puzzling Shakespeare: Local Reading and Its Discontents and Unediting the Renaissance: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Milton. With Mary Beth Rose, Mueller and Marcus edited Elizabeth I: Collected Works.

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Inimical Fortune, envious of all good, she who revolves things human, has deprived me for a whole year of our most illustrious presence, and still not being content with that, has robbed me once again of the same good: And which would be intolerable to me if I did not think to enjoy it soon. Read the first page
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Women's personal papers seldom survive in any quantity before the eighteenth century. This is an unusual opportunity to read the words of a sixteenth-century woman as she wrote them, and all the more rare for being those of such an extraordinary and gifted person. Like or loathe her, you cannot fail to be impressed by the precocious talent of the neglected girl, Lady Elizabeth, nor the skill and humanity of the woman, Queen Elizabeth I.
The book contains her letters, poems, speeches and personal prayers, some in translation from the original French and Latin of courtly and diplomatic use. Elizabeth's writing style could be formal and florid, or snappy and playful. If she had lived now she could have been a novelist! There are public speeches, official correspondence and personal letters to friends, together with poems on subjects such as her failed engagement to the Duke of Alencon etc. These are arranged chronologically by period, with each type of document split into sections accordingly. Most have been previously published in one form or another, but although some are available on the web, a collection has not been in print for some time.
The 'scholarly bit' was a little self-glorifying, instead of concentrating on the woman they were studying, Elizabeth Tudor, and the information supplied was not always strictly accurate. There are also extant letters or copies of letters that no longer exist which were not mentioned at all, and there aren't sufficient historical notes for someone who knows nothing of the period.
The greatest shame about this is that it was not produced by some British Institution, say the British Library, for instance, about ten or twenty years ago, who might have done it a little better. I am surprised no-one thought of doing this since Harrison's edition.
I bothered a couple of friends who don't much like history into reading this and they loved it! All in all a fascinating read I'd recommend to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2012
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This is the result of a marvellous scholarly project (2000) to publish Elizabeth I's `works': her letters, speeches, poems as literary artefacts in their own right. Locating this within the field of modern Renaissance studies, this comprehensive scholarly edition makes many of Elizabeth's textual productions available for wider reading, research and analysis.

All of the speeches, prayers and poems are here, with a selection of letters (which are, anyway, available in full elsewhere). Everything is translated into English (though there is a companion volume which gives us the foreign language originals: Elizabeth wrote often in French or Latin), and has been lightly and sensitively modernised in terms of spelling and punctuation. The collection has been organised into four periods of Elizabeth's life, and then by genre within each period.

As a self-consciously post-modernist project this allows the boundaries between genre, between public and private, between `literature' and the non-literary, even between the idea of an `author' and co-authorship to blur sometimes to the point of extinction.

This is a must-read for anyone working on early modern women's writing, monarchs' writing, letters or speeches as literary artefacts. With extensive contextual notes, and a really helpful index of names, it is also extremely accessible to general readers wanting to experience a direct and unmediated sense of Elizabeth and Elizabethan literary culture for themselves.

Highly recommended.
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By M. H. Horne on 15 Feb. 2014
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This collection of works is quite amazing. You can hear Elizabeth talking through the pages. It is a book to treasure
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By Amazon Customer on 21 Dec. 2013
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It is as written in the presentation. All the speeches, letters and prayers are catalogued per period. Very useful and clear
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By Silver Willow on 9 Nov. 2013
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This book is everything we hoped it would be. Superb. Everything about the order was perfect. Thank you so much.
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