Sons and authors in Elizabethan England /
Derek B. Alwes.
Newark : University of Delaware Press, c2004.
197 p. ; 25 cm.
0874138582 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press, c2004.
0874138582 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-194) and index.
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This study examines the lives and works of three Elizabethan authors--John Lyly, Philip Sidney, and Robert Greene--in order to trace an important transition in authorship at an historical moment in England. In sixteenth-century England "poetry" (in Sidney's inclusive sense of all fiction) was "juvenilia"--a youthful exercise that one gave up as one took one's place in the world as a responsible adult. There was consequently something of a stigma to writing fiction as an adult, and the notion of a "career" as a writer of poetry or fiction was virtually inconceivable. It is the purpose of this study to suggest how such a career finally became conceivable at this historical moment by examining the ways each of these authors managed to negotiate a relationship to writing that enabled them to mature into adulthood, not only without relinquishing their writing, but actually by means of the self-scrutiny and social interaction enabled by that writing.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 13
"What thing so precious as wit?": John Lyly's Euphues Worksp. 28
"I would faine serve": John Lyly's Career at Courtp. 47
"I call it praise to suffer tyrannie": Sidney's (Anti) Courtly Worksp. 65
"To serve your prince by ... an honest dissimulation": The New Arcadia as a Defense of Poetryp. 89
"He who cannot dissemble, cannot live": Robert Greene's Romancesp. 112
"I may terme my selfe a writer": Cony-Catchers and Greene's Defense of Poetryp. 127
Conclusion: Through the Looking Glassp. 149
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 195
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