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Selected Writings — Astrophil and Stella, the Defence of Poesy and Miscellaneous Poems - Sir Philip Sidney

Fyfield Books, 1987, Paperback ..
Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly otherwise a very well presented copy.

From the cover: “Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) is the first major English poet-critic. His biographer Fulke Greville portrayed him as a model of correctness, noble bearing and heroism (he died of wounds received at Zutphen in the Netherland campaign). Sidney was a considerable figure in his day and remains an important writer on account of three major works: the Defence of Poetry (the first great essay on poetry in English), Astrophil and Stella (one of the finest of the English sonnet sequences), and Arcadia (a romance with a claim to be the first English novel). This selection includes the full text of the Defence of Poetry and Astrophil and Stella, fully annotated, with a selection of the other poems. ‘When Sidney died,’ writes Richard Button, the editor and Lecturer in English at the University of Lancaster, ‘those who mourned him did so as a hero of Protestant Europe, a model of Christian virtue, of the Renaissance scholar-poet, of the true knight.’ Dutton corrects the exaggerations in the popular view, painting a human, fallible and credible figure. He also emerges as a more sympathetic writer, losing the coldness of the heroic gloss that usually accompanies him.”
Editor: Richard Dutton
Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼")
Number of Pages: 178
ISBN: 0856356255

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