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At the four-hundredth anniversary of The Faerie Queene, this booklet demanding situations the obtained culture of Spenser's biography. the 1st "life" of Edmund Spenser (c. 1552-99) used to be written by means of the poet himself, in allegorical fictions of poetic ambition, envy, and anxiousness. Over succeeding centuries, readers have attempted to revise and tricky this existence on the subject of a handful of surviving files and a wealth of dubiously pertinent old truth and gossip. The 9 essays during this quantity study the background of Spenser biography and recommend techniques for reinterpreting it to an viewers newly delicate to difficulties of inventive self-presentation.

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