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The Oxford Francis Bacon I: Early Writings 1584-1586

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This volume belongs to the new critical edition of the complete works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626). The edition presents the works in broadly chronological order and in accordance with the principles of modern textual scholarship. This volume contains Bacon's earliest known writings, dating from 1584 to 1596, comprising position papers, commentaries on printed works, legal readings and opinions, and discourses of advice, usually written in response to specific events or demands, and circulated in manuscript. ...
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Overview


This volume belongs to the new critical edition of the complete works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626). The edition presents the works in broadly chronological order and in accordance with the principles of modern textual scholarship. This volume contains Bacon's earliest known writings, dating from 1584 to 1596, comprising position papers, commentaries on printed works, legal readings and opinions, and discourses of advice, usually written in response to specific events or demands, and circulated in manuscript. Bacon's writings to 1596 generally reflect his professional occupations: legal, political, and parliamentary. They include substantial writings on the Martin Marprelate controversy of 1588-1589, Roman Catholic attacks on Elizabeth's government (1593); dramatic entertainments put on at Gray's Inn and the court; tracts on important legal cases of the period; notes from his extensive reading; and letters of advice written for and to Bacon's patron, Robert Devereux, second earl of Essex. Despite the 'occasional' nature of these writings, there is clearly visible across them the early signs - 'seeds' as their author would call them-of the philosophy Francis Bacon would later come to write. The writings are presented with substantial introductions, and full commentaries and glossaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198183136
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2012
  • Series: Oxford Francis Bacon Series
  • Pages: 1136
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Stewart is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London. He is the author of biographies of Francis Bacon (with Lisa Jardine, 1998), Philip Sidney (2003) and James VI and I (2003), and of Shakespeare's Letters (2008).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
References, Abbreviations and Symbols
INTRODUCTION
THIS EDITION: PRINCIPLES AND CONVENTIONS
THE TEXTS
Letter of advice to the Queen (1584)
A discourse vpon the commission of Bridewell (c.1587)
The misfortunes of Arthur: dumb shows (1588)
Reading on advowsons (1588)
An advertisement touching private censure (c.1589)
An advertisement touching the controversies of the Church of England (1589)
A letter of advice to Fulke Greville (c.1589)
On the religious policies of the Queen ('letter to Critoy') (c.1589)
Tribuit or giving that which is due (1591)
Magnanimitie or heroicall vertue (c.1592)
An aduertisement towching seditious writing (c.1593)
Certaine obseruations made vppon a libell (1593)
Epistle to the Reader (1593)
A true report of the detestable treason intended by Doctor Roderigo Lopez (1594)
Argument in Chudleigh's case (1594)
Memorandum on the Queen's safety (1594)
Promus or formularies of elegance (1594-1595)
Orations at Graies Inne revells (1594-1595)
Letters of advice to the earl of Rutland
Essex's device (1595)
First letter of advice to the earl of Essex (1596)
For the earl of Sussex at the tilt (1596)
THE COMMENTARIES
APPENDICES
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index to the Commentary

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