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Book Announcement
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0142  Friday, 21 January 2000.

From:           B. Vickers <
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Date:           Friday, 21 Jan 2000 12:03:45 +0100
Subject:        Book Announcement

Members of this list might like to know that Oxford University Press has
just published an anthology I have edited, English Renaissance Literary
Criticism (pp. XV + 655; ISBN: 0-19-818679-7). The first substantial
collection of this material since those by G. Gregory Smith and J. E.
Spingarn in the early 1900s, its scope is from Sir Thomas Elyot (1531)
to Thomas Hobbes (1650 and 1675). It has extensive annotation,
identifiying for the first time the debts to classical rhetoric of every
English writer on literature in this period - for Puttenham, who has
figured in these columns recently, I show that almost all his
definitions of rhetorical figures come from Susenbrotus, and a large
glossary. In addition to the major rhetoric books (Wilson, Hoskyns,
Puttenham) and obvious classics (Sidney, Spenser, Chapman, Milton), the
anthology includes several texts, relevant to Shakespeare and
Elizabethan drama: one of his scenes from Edward III (on how to write
love poetry), five selections from Jonson, the defences of drama by
Heywood (An Apology for Actors), Massinger (The Roman Actor), and John
Ford's Elegy on John Fletcher, here published for the first time from a
manuscript in the Clark Library, Los Angeles, discovered by the late
Jerey Maule.

Brian Vickers
 

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