Sir Philip Sidney: The Major Works

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OUP Oxford, Dec 11, 2008 - Poetry - 448 pages
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This authoritative edition was originally published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Sidney's poetry and prose - all the major writing, complemented by letters and elegies - to give the essence of his work and thinking. Born in 1554, Sir Philip Sidney was hailed as the perfect Renaissance patron, soldier, lover, and courtier, but it was only after his untimely death at the age of 31 that his literary accomplishments were truly recognized. This collection ranges more widely through Sidney's works than any previous volume and includes substantial parts of both versions of the Arcadia, The Defence of Poesy and the whole of the sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella. Supplementary texts, such as his letters and the numerous elegies which appeared after his death, help to illustrate the whole spectrum of his achievements, and the admiration he inspired in his contemporaries. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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User Review  - Edward Butler - Goodreads

This review is really only on Astrophil and Stella; I haven't read the rest of the book and don't know when I might. I don't like reading anything that has been abridged, and so I deliberately avoided ... Read full review


The Lady of May
Certain Sonnets
The lad Philisides
Lamons Tale
Astrophil and Stella
The Defence of Poesy
The New Arcadia
B Edmund Molyneux A historical remembrance of the Sidneys
Three elegies on Sidney from The Phoenix Nest 1593
E Extract from Fulke Greville The Life of Sir Philip Sidney 1633
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About the author (2008)

Katherine Duncan-Jones is a Tutor in English and Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.

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