Spenser: The Faerie Queene

Spenser: The Faerie Queene

Paperback Longman Annotated English Poets

Edited by A. C. Hamilton, By (author) Edmund Spenser, By (author) Hiroshi Yamashita, By (author) Toshiyuki Suzuki, By (author) Shohachi Fakuda

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 816 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 244mm x 44mm | 1,560g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405832819
  • ISBN 13: 9781405832816
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 146,168

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The Faerie Queene is a scholarly masterpiece that has influenced, inspired, and challenged generations of writers, readers and scholars since its completion in 1596. Hamilton's edition is itself, a masterpiece of scholarship and close reading. It is now the standard edition for all readers of Spenser. The entire work is revised, and the text of The Faerie Queene itself has been freshly edited, the first such edition since the 1930s. This volume also contains additional original material, including a letter to Raleigh, commendatory verses and dedicatory sonnets, chronology of Spenser's life and works and provides a compilation of list of characters and their appearances in The Faerie Queene.

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A C Hamilton is the retired Cappon Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He is the General Editor of Spenser Encyclopedia.

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"All in all, it is a major work of scholarship, combining a meticulously prepared text with splendid annotation. It will last, and will help inspire new generations of readers." Tom MacFaul, Notes and Queries "Hamilton's edition of the Faerie Queene is indispensable to any serious scholar of Spenser." Amazon.co.uk review

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Hamilton's edition is a masterpiece of scholarship and close reading. The entire work is revised, and the text of The Faerie Queene itself has been freshly edited, the first such edition since the 1930s. The text, itself a milestone in academic achievement, has been produced by Hiroshi Yamashita and Toshiyuki Suzuki and is now considered the new standard text of the poem. This edition continues the excellent scholarship of the first edition; Hamilton provides exceptionally full and careful annotation of the text, detailed guidance to critical comment, and a wealth of introductory material setting the poem in its historical and literary context. This edition also includes additional original material which includes a chronology, a letter to Raleigh, commendatory verses, and dedicatory sonnets. A list of characters and their appearances has also been compiled by Shohachi Fukuda, listing their place in the poem and commentary on the names. As a sign of its enduring appeal, this edition was, in 2005, awarded the "Isobel MacAffery Award" by the International Spenser Society for its outstanding contribution to Spenser studies. A. C. Hamilton is the retired Cappon Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He is the General Editor of "Spenser Encyclopedia."

Table of contents

Book I: The Legend of the Knight of the Red Crosse, or of Holinesse Book II: The Legend of Sir Guyon, or of Temperaunce Book III: The Legend of Britomartis, or of Chastity Book IV: The Legend of Cambel and Telemond, or of Friendship Book V: The Legend of Artegall, or of Iustice Book VI: The Legend of Calidore, or of Courtesie Book VII: Two Cantos of Mutabilitie A Letter to Raleigh Commendatory Verses and Dedicatory Sonnets Textual Notes by Hiroshi Yamashita and Toshiyuki Suzuki Bibliography The Characters of the Faerie Queene, compiled by Shohachi Fukuda