The Poems of Aemilia Lanyer: Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum / Edition 1

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Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645) was the first woman poet in England who sought status as a professional writer. Her book of poems is dedicated entirely to women patrons. It offers a long poem on Christ's passion, told entirely from a woman's point of view, as well as the first country house poem published in England. Almost completely neglected until very recently, her work changes our perspective on Jacobean poetry and contradicts the common assumption that women wrote nothing of serious interest until much later. Mistress and friend of influential Elizabethan courtiers, Lanyer gives us a glimpse of the ideas and aspirations of a talented middle class Renaissance woman.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Woods has given us a balanced, informative, and above all usable edition, one that deserves the wide audience at which it is aimed."—ANQ

"A beautiful edition of an extraordinary collection of woman-centered poems from the Renaissance. I wish I'd known of them 30 years ago in graduate school!"—Toni A.H. McNaron, University of Minnesota

"Woods's deeply knowledgeable and sensitive editing brings the powerfully revisionary poetry of Aemilia Lanyer to us in an authoritative edition. This is a feminist collaboration, across the centuries, of the highest order."—Janel Mueller, University of Chicago

"It's wonderful to have Lanyer in a decent paperback edition. Like the Chudleigh volume, it's a great contribution to Renaissance classes."—Byron Nelson, West Virginia University

"Will be most helpful for my students."—Anthony Low, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083613
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 937,155
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Vice President and Dean of Franklin & Marshall College, Susanne Woods is also Director of the Women Writers Project at Brown University, where she taught for many years.

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Table of Contents

Textual Introduction
To the Queenes most Excellent Majestie 3
To the Lady Elizabeths Grace 11
To all vertuous Ladies in generall 12
To the Ladie Arabella 17
To the Ladie Susan, Countesse Dowager of Kent, and Daughter to the Duchesse of Suffolke 18
The Authors Dreame to the Ladie Marie, the Countesse Dowager of Pembrooke 21
To the Ladie Lucie, Countesse of Bedford 32
To the Ladie Margaret Countesse Dowager of Cumberland 34
To the Ladie Katherine Countesse of Suffolke 36
To the Ladie Anne, Countesse of Dorcet 41
To the Vertuous Reader 48
Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum 51
The Description of Cooke-ham 128
To the doubtfull Reader 137
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