The Elizabethan courtier poets : the poems and their contexts /
Steven W. May.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c1991.
xii, 407 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0826207499 (alk. paper)
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Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c1991.
0826207499 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 381-392) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-09:
This book is a gold mine of information about social and literary activities in the court of Elizabeth I. Part 1 offers a critical history of courtier verse, with seven chapters concerned mainly with questions of influence and genre. Part 2 contains biographical, canonical, and textual data relating to the 32 poets whose works are examined in Part 1, and reproduces a number of poems hitherto either unattributed, wrongly attributed, or simply unavailable in modern scholarly editions. Although May's zeal for a precise definition of the term "courtier poet" leads to sociological restrictions (the elite versifier Henry Noel qualifies, but Peele does not because he had no formal connection to the Queen's household), his scholarship is impeccable and up-to-date. Insisting on different bases for courtly and bourgeois literary culture, May enhances our understanding of the former with a wealth of facts in a volume that will interest new historicists as well as traditional scholars of the 16th century. Indispensable for academic libraries at all levels. -W. C. Watterson, Bowdoin College
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Reference & Research Book News, June 1991
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