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Spenser: The Faerie Queene / Edition 2

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The Faerie Queene is a scholarly masterpiece that has influenced, inspired, and challenged generations of writers, readers and scholars since its completion in 1596. Hamilton's edition is itself, a masterpiece of scholarship and close reading. It is now the standard edition for all readers of Spenser. The entire work is revised, and the text of The Faerie Queene itself has been freshly edited, the first such edition since the 1930s.

This volume also contains additional original material, including a letter to Raleigh, commendatory verses and dedicatory sonnets, chronology of Spenser's life and works and provides a compilation of list of characters and their appearances in The Faerie Queene.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

β€œAll in all, it is a major work of scholarship, combining a meticulously prepared text with splendid annotation. It will last, and will help inspire new generations of readers.”

Tom MacFaul, Notes and Queries

β€œHamilton 's edition of the Faerie Queene is indispensable to any serious scholar of Spenser .” review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405832816
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Series: Longman Annotated English Poets Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 791,239
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A C Hamilton is the retired Cappon Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He is the General Editor of Spenser Encyclopedia.

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Table of Contents

Book I: The Legend of the Knight of the Red Crosse, or of Holinesse Book II: The Legend of Sir Guyon, or of Temperaunce Book III: The Legend of Britomartis, or of Chastity Book IV: The Legend of Cambel and Telemond, or of Friendship Book V: The Legend of Artegall, or of Iustice Book VI: The Legend of Calidore, or of Courtesie Book VII: Two Cantos of Mutabilitie A Letter to Raleigh Commendatory Verses and Dedicatory Sonnets Textual Notes by Hiroshi Yamashita and Toshiyuki Suzuki Bibliography The Characters of the Faerie Queene, compiled by Shohachi Fukuda

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

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    Spenser's Faerie Queene consists principally of a cycle of knightly quests and adventures analogous to that of the knights of the Round Table, but set in a world in which the supernatural is represented not only by dragons, wizards, and angels, but by the Olympian (and even Egyptian!)gods and--especially--goddesses. Add touches of classical epic (Homer and Virgil) and Italian Renaissance epic (Ariosto and Tasso) and a pervasive moral and religious symbolism, all delivered in the language of one of the half-dozen greatest poets ever to write in English, and you have a truly distinctive and remarkable reading experience. For the advanced student, or for the general reader on whom such a work seems likely to exert a lifelong fascination, Hamilton's annotated edition is unsurpassed. For the beginning student or more tentative general reader, an edition with much less annotation (but still on the same page)and, above all, modern spelling would no doubt be preferable. Unfortunately, no such edition of the complete work exists. So even the neophyte who wants the entire poem with annotation on the same page as the text might want to give Hamilton's edition a try.

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