- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (10 April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199261369
- ISBN-13: 978-0199261369
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.1 x 13.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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English Renaissance Literary Criticism Paperback – 10 Apr 2003
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Review from previous editionEnglish Renaissance Literary Criticism may well become the standard reference collection ... the greatest coup is John Ford's elegy on John Fletcher, discovered by the late Jeremy Maule and printed here for the first time. (Alastair Fowler, TLS 9/6/00.)
In addition to the usual suspects (Spenser, Harvey, Sidney, Jonson, Milton, et al), he includes long selections from rhetoricians Wilson and Puttenham; several hard-to-find pieces; thoughtfully edited passages from Shakespeare, Chapman, and Champion; and John Ford's never-before-printed 'Elegy for John Fletcher'. What makes this selection so insightful and useful is Vickers' recognition of the rhetorical and prescriptive character of early modern English criticism...[one] of the most distinguished publications in Renaissance literary studies to have appeared in many years. (N.Lukacher, Choice, Jul/Aug. 2000.)
About the Author
Brian Vickers is Chair of English Language and Literature, ETH Zürich.
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SIR THOMAS ELYOT (1490?-1546), author and public servant (clerk of assize, 1511-28; JP for Oxfordshire, 1522; clerk of the privy council, 1523-30; knighted, 1530; ambassador to Charles V, 1531-2; MP for Cambridge, 1542). Read the first page
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The earliest item in the collection is from 1531 (Elyot) and the latest from 1675 (Hobbes on epic). While the standard treatises are here (Puttenham on English poetics; Sidney's Defense of Poesy), others are more difficult to access, especially where they take the form of prefaces and other occasional notes.
For students and scholars of Renaissance literature interested in how readers and writers framed and thought about the texts they consumed and produced, this is indispensable.
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But beware: this is not a well-constructed book. The spine of my copy cracked after one reading. Come on, Oxford UP. You can do better.