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The Emergence of the English Author
Scripting the Life of the Poet in Early Modern England


Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521020923

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  • The historical construction of literary authorship has long been of particular interest to literary scholars. Yet an important aspect of the historical emergence of the author - the literary biography or 'life of the poet' - has received scant attention. In The Emergence of the English Author, Kevin Pask studies the early life-narratives of five now-canonical English poets: Geoffrey Chaucer, Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, John Donne and John Milton. By attending to the changing shape of the lives of these poets, Pask produces a history of the developing conception of literary authorship in England from the late medieval period to the end of the eighteenth century, and offers a long-term sociological account of literary production. His book is the first full-scale history of the cultural construction of literary authority in early modern England.

    • First history of early literary biography in England
    • New insights into the developing biographies of Chaucer, Sidney, Spenser, Donne and Milton
    • Long historical span, and theoretically sophisticated discussion
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a theoretically well-informed and valuable study.' Forum for Modern Language Studies

    'This eloquently written and informative book will surely come to be regarded as essential reading for all those interested in the development of the concept of poetic authorship in early modern England.' New Theatre Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521020923
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.358kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. England's 'olde Ennius': Geoffrey Chaucer
    2. The 'mannes state' of Philip Sidney
    3. Patronage, friendship, and poetic tradition: Sidney and Spenser
    4. 'Libertine in wit': Dr Donne in literary culture
    5. Milton's daughters.

  • Author

    Kevin Pask

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