Selected Works

Selected Works

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This volume of selections from the writings of Sir Philip Sidney includes the whole of his sonnet sequence "Astrophil and Stella", his "Defence of Poesy", his "Certain Sonnets" and substantial parts of both versions of the "Arcadia". A selection of letters fills out the picture of Sidney the man and supplementary texts illustrate both his inventiveness as a royal entertainer and the literary cult which grew up around him after his sudden death in 1586. Katherine Duncan-Jones has also edited "Miscellaneous Prose of Sir Philip Sidney" and "The Old Arcadia".show more

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  • Paperback | 441 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 30mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192820249
  • 9780192820242

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A dialogue between two shepherds, uttered in a pastoral show at Wilton; two songs for an Accession Day tilt; "Philisides, The Shepherd Good and True"; "Sing, Neighbours, Hear You Not Say "; "The Lady of May"; "Certain Sonnets; "The Lad Philisides"; "The Old Arcadia"; "Lamon's Tale"; "Astrophil and Stella"; "The Defence of Poesy"; "The New Arcadia"; psalms; letters. Appendices: "A Brief Declaration of the Shows Performed before the Queen's Majesty and the French Ambassadors", Henry Goldwell; "A Historical Remembrance of the Sidneys", Edmund Molyneux; "The Manner of Sir Philip Sidney's Death", Anon; three elegies on Sidney from "The Phoenix Nest" 1593; extract from Fulke Greville, "The Life of Sir Philip Sidney" more

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"Wonderful...selection, layout, typography all excellent."--Harry Keyishian, Fairleigh Dickinson University"Teachers and students will be particularly well served by the Duncan-Jones volume. Most appealing about this book of selected works is its inclusiveness....Makes available for the first time in a teachable paperback, a variety of historical materials....Makes it possible, thereby, to teach both a full selection of Sidney's works (especially the poetic works) and the creation of the Sidney legend."--Sixteenth Century Journalshow more

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