This essential work has often played a part in history. Since its first publication in 1633 it has been read as an anti-Irish treatise. As a critical intervention in the public sphere by a major canonical author it has been drawn upon by some of the most important writers of subsequent ages, from Milton through to Wordsworth and Heaney.
The View, has formed a key text in discussion of modern Ireland by distinguished critics such as Edward Said, Stephen Greenblatt, and Declan Kiberd. This new edition of a founding document of English colonial culture brings compelling and controversial text to a larger audience. In this new edition, which secures for this vital document the wide readership it deserves, the editors offer the first published text, as edited by Sir James Ware (1633). Ware's preface and notes are supplemented with an authoritative introduction, discussing the View's reception, relating it to Spenser's corpus as a whole, and summarizing recent scholarship. The editors also provide a bibliography of criticism, and helpful detailed notes.