The Essayes Or Counsels, Civill and Morall

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Clarendon Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 339 pages
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This edition of Francis Bacon's (1561-1626) The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall, a re-issue of the first critical edition since the nineteenth century, uses modern editorial standards to establish an authoritative, unmodernized text. The textual apparatus includes a comprehensive, chronological record of the substantive readings of all these manuscripts and editions, so that for the first time the evolution of Bacon's texts may be studied conveniently in detail. An introduction places the essays in their original context, examines their evolution over Bacon's lifetime, and elucidates their form and prose style; a commentary examines his sources and relates essays to his other writings; a glossary and index are also included.
 

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Contents

REFERENCES ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS
xiii
GENERAL INTRODUCTION
xix
TEXTUAL INTRODUCTION
liii
COMPARATIVE TABLE OF THE ESSAYES
cxvi
COMMENTARY
179
APPENDIX
316
INDEX TO THE ESSAYES
328
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Michael Kiernan is Associate Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University and editor of The Advancement of Learning published as Volume IV of OFB, 2000.

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