Spencer: The Critical Heritage

By: Cummings, R.M., ed. [Edmund Spencer]

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Hardcover with dust jacket, blue cloth with gilt spine titles, 14 by 22 cm, xix 355 pp. The hardcover is very good with light foxing on the edges of the textblock, a tiny name in pen on the ffep, and a 13 mm tear on the front hinge. The jacket is fair with overall rubbing and soiling (now in mylar). Part of the Critical Heritage Series, “this collection of contemporary and near-contemporary comment on the work of Edmund Spencer covers the period from 1579 to 1715. The extracts draw attention to emphasis in Spenserian criticism, from which the modern reader has generally been drawn away, and demonstrates how different are the seventeenth and twentieth century impressions of Spencer’s work. Much of the material is fragmentary, but it is of special interest since there is no English poet of the period on whom more extended comment would be available. It is remarkable that Spencer so early attracted as much critical attention as he did, a good deal more that Shakespeare, for example. The material in this volume is arranged chronologically, except for chiefly linguistic or biographical comment, which is arranged separately. Among the critics represented are Raleigh, Drayton, Jonson, Milton, Dryden and Pope. The introduction discusses the general trends of Spencerian criticism within the period covered and indicates the historical pattern into which the extracts fall.”

Title: Spencer: The Critical Heritage

Author Name: Cummings, R.M., ed. [Edmund Spencer]

Categories: Poetry, Literature,

Edition: first American edition

Publisher: New York, Barnes & Noble, Inc.: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Fair

Seller ID: 3193