Edmund Spenser

Standard Name: Spenser, Edmund


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Education Frances Mary Peard
However, according to her biographer, Mary J. Y. Harris , she was largely self-taught. Her mother never restricted her reading, and she later remembered tackling at an early age such classics as Scott , Shakespeare
Education Jane Porter
Their mother, when she was widowed, moved her family to Edinburgh in 1780, partly for the sake of the future advantage of a good education at a moderate expense. In Scotland, wrote JP later, a...
Education Maria Riddell
The future MR was in all probability privately educated. At sixteen she wrote a poem to commemorate the pleasure of reading with a friend the works of Milton , Pope , Spenser , Shakespeare ...
Education Christina Rossetti
From 1878 to 1880, she took classes on Dante 's Divine Comedy at University College, London , perhaps in part because she was helping Alexander Grosart to trace references from Italian poets for his edition...
Education Marjorie Bowen
To educate herself further, she read widely, setting herself literary exercises, writing verse imitating or dramatising Chaucer , Spenser , and Browning . However, she writes that at that time, I had read no really...
Education Dora Greenwell
Thereafter, she taught herself, studying philosophy, Latin, German, Italian, French, political economy, and theology.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
Dorling, William. Memoirs of Dora Greenwell. James Clarke.
She was very well read and took a particular interest in the writings of Caroline Norton , Felicia Hemans
Family and Intimate relationships Queen Elizabeth I
In the minds of the country's ruling class, a marriage for the queen was also necessary. Some have supposed that at this stage Elizabeth may have hoped to marry one day, although she herself publicly...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Williams
She takes her title from the name of the knight of Justice in Spenser 's The Faerie Queen, whom she quotes in an epigraph on the title page. The publication was written in response...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Shorter pieces here include many sonnets, the most striking and complex of which are perhaps the two dedicated to George Sand that explore the apparent contradictions of gender and genius. To George Sand. A Desire...
Intertextuality and Influence Barbara Hofland
The title-page quotes from Spenser , and the first chapter from Johnson 's Rambler. This sophisticated novel, with a North Yorkshire setting, a large cast of upper-class characters, and a wide range of reference...
Intertextuality and Influence Jessie Ellen Cadell
JEC prefaced her poem with a quatrain of her own (the only original poetry by her which Richard Garnett knew of). Addressing Una (presumably as a character standing, as does Spenser 's personage of that...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Maria Porter
The new Juvenilia Press edition, like the original first volume, contains five stories: Sir Alfred; or, The Baleful Tower, The Daughters of Glandour, The Noble Courtezan, The Children of Fauconbridge, and...
Intertextuality and Influence An Collins
AC writes in many different metres (some unusual, a few somewhat uncertainly used). In a prose address to the Christian Reader
Collins, An. Divine Songs and Meditacions. Editor Stewart, Stanley N., William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
she says she has achieved a peacefull temper and spirituall calmnesse.
Collins, An. Divine Songs and Meditacions. Editor Stewart, Stanley N., William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
Intertextuality and Influence Alicia D'Anvers
ADA 's immortal Sing-Song / How all th'old Dons were at it Ding-dong
D’Anvers, Alicia. The Oxford-Act. Randal Taylor.
describes and exploits the annual university carnival of misrule which employed a licensed burlesque speaker. She drops, with cheerful irreverence, a...
Intertextuality and Influence Katharine S. Macquoid
A Bad Beginning's title-page quotes Spenser , on the wrongness of binding in love those whom God has not ordained for each other. As every English reader would have expected, the French marriage of...


10 April 1579: E. K. dated the epistle to Gabriel Harvey...

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10 April 1579

E. K. dated the epistle to Gabriel Harvey which prefaced the youthful Edmund Spenser 's cycle of eclogues, The Shepheardes Calender. It was published with this year's date, which at the time included the...

9 November 1580: At Smerwick on the Dingle peninsula in Ireland...

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9 November 1580

At Smerwick on the Dingle peninsula in Ireland the English Lord Deputy, Arthur, Lord Grey of Wilton , ordered the massacre about 600 European mercenary soldiers who had already surrendered to him.

23 January 1590: Edmund Spenser dated (using the old-style...

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23 January 1590

Edmund Spenser dated (using the old-style reckoning of 1589) his letter to Sir Walter Raleghexpounding his whole intention in the first three books of The Faerie Queene, which was published soon afterwards.

19 November 1594: Edmund Spenser's Amoretti (sonnets) and Epithalamium...

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19 November 1594

Edmund Spenser 's Amoretti (sonnets) and Epithalamium were entered in the Stationers' Register .

By about July 1596: Edmund Spenser probably finished A View of...

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By about July 1596

Edmund Spenser probably finished A View of the Present State of Ireland, written in dialogue form, which remained unpublished until 1633.

20 May 1707: Jacob Tonson the elder signed the first of...

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20 May 1707

Jacob Tonson the elder signed the first of two copyright agreements giving him sole right in Shakespeare 's plays.

May 1742: William Shenstone (poet and landscape gardener,...

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May 1742

William Shenstone (poet and landscape gardener, creator of a famous ferme ornée, The Leasowes at Halesowen in Shropshire) anonymously published his supposedly Spenserian poemThe Schoolmistress.

May 1748: Only a few months before his death, James...

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May 1748

Only a few months before his death, James Thomson published The Castle of Indolence, an allegoricalpoem in Spenserian stanzas, which had been about fifteen years in the making.

By April 1754: Thomas Warton published Observations on the...

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By April 1754

Thomas Warton published Observations on the Faerie Queene of Spenser.


Spenser, Edmund. “Introduction”. The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser, edited by Ernest De Selincourt et al., Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1916, p. vii - lxvii.
Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, and Edmund Spenser. “The Doleful Lay of Clorinda”. Colin Clouts Come Home Againe, William Ponsonbie, 1595.
Spenser, Edmund. The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. Editors Smith, James Cruikshank and Ernest De Selincourt, Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1916.