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Sir Walter Raleigh and His Readers in the Seventeenth Century: Speaking to the People
     

Sir Walter Raleigh and His Readers in the Seventeenth Century: Speaking to the People

by Anna R. Beer, Beer
 
Sir Walter Raleigh created a powerful public identity in the prose texts he wrote from prison. Anna Beer's new study offers a much-needed analysis of these neglected political writings which include The History of the World, A Dialog between a Counsellor and a Justice of the Peace, and Raleigh's speech from the scaffold. Moving beyond previous analyses which have

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Sir Walter Raleigh created a powerful public identity in the prose texts he wrote from prison. Anna Beer's new study offers a much-needed analysis of these neglected political writings which include The History of the World, A Dialog between a Counsellor and a Justice of the Peace, and Raleigh's speech from the scaffold. Moving beyond previous analyses which have understood these works primarily in terms of patronage relationships, Beer argues that Raleigh's experience of imprisonment encouraged him to seek new audiences outside the court and to explore political stances which confronted the power of the monarch. Later chapters chart the ways in which readers modified Raleigh's public identity over the course of the century, reforming his work to serve a range of political agendas, indeed using his voice to speak for a new notion of the people. By focusing on both Raleigh and his interpreters, this book contributes to the growing body of work on the politics and practices of writing and reading in early-modern England.

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Beer (English, U. of Oxford and Reading) finds in Ralegh's (1552-1618) political prose an effort to reach newer audiences outside of court in response to his experience in prison. She examines , , and his speech from the scaffold. She also explores how readers modified his identity over the course of the century and eventually used his voice to speak for a new notion of The People. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312176105
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
Early Modern Literature in History Series
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.73(h) x 0.84(d)

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