The Faerie Queene, Book One

Hackett Publishing
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Framed in Spenser's distinctive, opulent stanza and in some of the trappings of epic, Book One of Spenser's The Faerie Queene consists of a chivalric romance that has been made to a typical recipe--"fierce warres and faithfull loves"--but that has been Christianized in both overt and subtle ways. The physical and moral wanderings of the Redcrosse Knight dramatize his effort to find the proper proportion of human to divine contributions to salvation--a key issue between Protestants and Catholics. Fantastic elements like alien humans, humanoids, and monsters and their respective dwelling places are vividly described.
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Carol V. Kaske is Professor Emerita of English, Cornell University.
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Hackett Publishing
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Published on
Dec 31, 1986
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781603844192
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English
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Literary Criticism / Medieval
Literary Criticism / Poetry
Poetry / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Spenser's life and works
* Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
* Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the poems
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Academic text of the famous ‘Faerie Queene’, suitable for students, with line numbers, detailed contents tables and the complete extant text
* Includes a glossary section for the ‘Faerie Queene’ with definitions for difficult words, aiding your reading of this epic poem
* Also includes Spenser’s rare non-fiction work on Ireland
* Features two biographies - discover Spenser's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Edmund Spenser
* UPDATED with EDMUND SPENSER AND GABRIEL HARVEY’S CORRESPONDENCE, in response to customer review
* UPDATED with traditional indenting of lines to THE FAERIE QUEENE

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CONTENTS:

The Poetry Collections
THE SHEPHEARDES CALENDER
THE FAERIE QUEENE
COMPLAINTS
DAPHNAÏDA
AMORETTI AND EPITHALAMION
ASTROPHEL
COLIN CLOUTS COME HOME AGAINE
FOWRE HYMNES
PROTHALAMION
COMMENDATORY SONNETS

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
A VEWE OF THE PRESENT STATE OF IRELANDE
EDMUND SPENSER AND GABRIEL HARVEY’S CORRESPONDENCE

The Biographies
THE AUTHOR OF THE ‘FAERIE QUEENE’ by George Armstrong Wauchope
THE LIFE OF EDMUND SPENSER by John W. Hales

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