The Poetry of Mildmay Fane, Second Earl of Westmoreland: Poems from the Fulbeck, Harvard and Westmoreland Scripts

The Poetry of Mildmay Fane, Second Earl of Westmoreland: Poems from the Fulbeck, Harvard and Westmoreland Scripts

by Tom Cain
     
 

This edition of some five hundred recently-discovered poems by Mildmay Fane, second Earl of Westmorland presents the largest collection of 'new' seventeenth-century poetry since Traherne's poems were published almost a century ago.

Until the rediscovery of these manuscripts, written between 1625 and 1665, Fane was known only as a patron of Robert Herrick, and as

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This edition of some five hundred recently-discovered poems by Mildmay Fane, second Earl of Westmorland presents the largest collection of 'new' seventeenth-century poetry since Traherne's poems were published almost a century ago.

Until the rediscovery of these manuscripts, written between 1625 and 1665, Fane was known only as a patron of Robert Herrick, and as the author of a slim volume of poems, Otia Sacra (1648). This important body of manuscript poetry establishes him as a significant early modern poet.

Fane's agonised and changing representation of an England turned upside-down and back again, and of its everyday social as well as political life, is meticulously annotated in this first edition. It uses Fane's surviving account books and letters, as well as a wealth of other contemporary information, to contextualise his poems in a way rarely possible with other early modern writers. The resulting text provides fascinating and revealing insights for cultural and political historians, as well as for all readers of English poetry.

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This volume presents seven manuscripts containing nearly 500 poems written by Mildmay Fane between 1625 and 1665 which were only recently discovered. Fane was the first peer to publish his own poetry, but during his lifetime he only published one volume, containing 137 poems. This volume also includes Fane's autobiography, with additional commentary by Cain (early modern literature, U. of Newcastle-upon- Tyne). Distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719059841
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.50(d)

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Tom Cain is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of East Anglia

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