9780198112808

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

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    9780198112808

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    0198112807

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-06-04
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press

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Summary

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 womenwriters, 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 ofClorinda', 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 detailedcommentary.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
References and Abbreviations xiii
Editorial Procedure xxv
Chronology xxx
Introduction
Life
1(20)
Origins, Early Reception, and Influence
21(34)
Methods of Composition and Translation
55(26)
Original Works
`A Dialogue between two shepheards, Thenot and Piers, in praise of Astrea'
Literary Context
81(8)
Text
89(3)
`Even now that Care'
Literary Context
92(10)
Text
102(3)
`To the Angell spirit of the most excellent Sir Phillip Sidney'
Literary Context
105(5)
Text
110(3)
Variant printed in Samuel Daniel's Workes (1623)
113(6)
Disputed Work
`The Dolefull Lay of Clorinda'
Literary Context
119(14)
Text
133(6)
Translations
Antonius
Robert Garnier
Literary Context
139(8)
Fidelity to Originals
147(5)
Text
152(56)
A Discourse of Life and Death by Philippe de Mornay
Literary Context
208(12)
Fidelity to Originals
220(9)
Text
229(26)
The Triumph of Death by Francis Petrarch
Literary Context
255(13)
Fidelity to Originals
268(5)
Text
273(25)
Correspondence
Manuscript Letters
Printed Letters Attributed to Mary Sidney Herbert, Dowager Countess of Pembroke
298(4)
Transmission and Authority of Texts 302(17)
Commentary 319

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