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The Art of English Poesy


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Introduction1. The Documentary Life2. Puttenham's Writings3. The Authorship of the Art4. Puttenham's Archive5. Poetics in the Art6. Puttenham's Ambitions7. Editorial ConventionsBibliographyBook 1Book 2Book 3The "Table"The uncorrected state of sig. Ee2rEmendationsLonger NotesName GlossaryWord GlossaryIndex to First Lines of Illustrative QuotationsGeneral Index

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Frank Whigham is Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Dore Thaman Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama and Ambition and Privilege: The Social Tropes of Elizabethan Courtesy Theory. Wayne A. Rebhorn is Celanese Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of several books, including The Emperor of Men's Minds: Literature and the Renaissance Discourse of Rhetoric and Renaissance Debates on Rhetoric, both from Cornell.


"Whigham and Rebhorn have undertaken an enormous task in annotating and modernizing such a difficult text, written in frequently complex prose and rife with obscure and sometimes concealed references... Their readable, fully annotated version of Puttenham's treatise, in consultation with a facsimile of the 1589 text, will be extremely useful to students and seasoned literary critics."-Stephen B. Dobranski, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 "Frank Whigham and Wayne A. Rebhorn have done a major service to everyone seriously interested in English Renaissance literature and culture. Puttenham's curious, encyclopedic, and haunting book is of enormous interest and importance, and we have never had a usable and annotated edition of it. Whigham and Rebhorn have provided a readable and fully, usefully, and intelligently annotated text. That in itself would have been a major service. But their introduction is an extremely useful work of criticism and scholarship that is also a major contribution. We are all in their debt."-Richard Strier, University of Chicago "In their insightful introduction and notes to The Art of English Poesy, Frank Whigham and Wayne A. Rebhorn show how George Puttenham complicates poetic 'decorum' and 'decency' by insisting on the 'abuses' and 'dissembling' at work in figurative language. Their learned and informed edition of this seminal English ars poetica illuminates the equivocal subtleties and turbulent energies informing Renaissance literary thought."-Richard C. McCoy, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

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