The Collected Works of Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke: Poems, Translations, and Correspondence Volume I

The Collected Works of Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke: Poems, Translations, and Correspondence Volume I

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By (author) Countess of Mary Sidney Herbert Pembroke, Volume editor Margaret Patterson Hannay, Edited by Noel J. Kinnamon, Edited by Michael G. Brennan

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 388 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 28mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 4 June 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198112807
  • ISBN 13: 9780198112808
  • Edition statement: Volume 1 ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, is the most important Elizabethan woman writer and patron outside the royal family. By astute use of the genres permitted to women, she supported the Protestant cause, introduced continental literary genres, expanded opportunities for later women writers, and influenced seventeenth-century lyric and drama by such writers as John Donne, George Herbert, Mary Wroth, and William Shakespeare. This scholarly edition in two volumes is the first to include all her extant works: Volume I prints her three original poems, the disputed 'Dolefull Lay of Clorinda', her translations from Petrarch, Mornay, and Garnier, and all her known letters. Volume II contains her metrical paraphrases of Psalms 44-150. The edition also provides a biographical introduction, discussion of her sources and methods of composition, textual annotation, and a detailed commentary.

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Oxford's recent publication of her collected work, a full-dress two-volume undertaking. David R. Slavitt, The Hudson Review

Table of contents

[VOLUME I] ; References and Abbreviations ; Editorial Procedure ; Chronological Table ; Introduction ; Biographical Introduction ; Origins, Early Reception, and Influence ; Methods of Composition and Translation ; THE TEXTS ; Original Works: 'A Dialogue betweene two shepheards, Thenot and Piers, in praise of Astraea'; 'Even Now that Care'; 'To the Angell Spiriti of the most excellent, Sir Philip Sidney'; Variant printed in Samuel Daniel's 1623 Workes ; Disputed Work: 'The Dolefull Lay of Clorinda' ; Translations: Antonius, by Robert Garnier; A Discourse of Life and Death by Philippe doe Mornay; The Triumph of Death by Francis Petrarch ; Correspondence: Manuscript Letters; Printed Letters Attributed to Mary Sidney Herbert, Dowager Countess of Pembroke ; Transmission and Authority of the Texts ; Commentary ; [VOLUME II] ; References and Abbreviations ; THE TEXTS ; The Psalmes of David ; Literary Context ; Copytext: Penshurst MS ; Variant Psalmes ; Manuscrips of the Psalmes ; Relationship of the Texts of the Psalmes ; Major Revisions of Psalms 1-43 ; Commentary