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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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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  • Hardback | 388 pages
  • 144.8 x 218.4 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • 04 Jun 1998
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Volume 1 ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0198112807
  • 9780198112808

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

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