Edmund Spenser: A Life (Hardback)Andrew Hadfield (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 1172 g
Dimensions: 240 x 166 x 55 mm
readers will find much to enjoy in this story of a path-breaking, independent-minded writer, whose network of associates included most f the important literary and political figures in the last quarter of the 16th century. * Neil Rhodes, Around the Globe *
this is going to be the standard biography of Spenser for a very long time ... If I encounter a better historical biography this year, I'll be surprised. * Jonathan Wright, The Tablet *
This tremendous book represents nothing less than tha most comprehensive account of Edmund Spencer's life that we have ever had. * Christianity and Literature *
Hadfield's Spenser is revelatory and performed with authentic scholarship and drive. * Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University *
Andrew Hadfield has created ... an invaluable biography, which will be a resource for Spenserian scholars and enthusiasts for generations to come. * Helen Hackett, Times Literary Supplement *
This is, in all senses, a substantial book, packed with scholarly detail. * Charles Nicholl, The Guardian *
Andrew Hadfield's monumental undertaking sets new standards in life writing. Not merely a significant contribution to Spenser studies, it changes the way we think about Renaissance literature, Elizabethan history, biographical criticism and issues of authorship. * Times Higher Education *
A phenomenal work of scholarship and insight. * Nicola Shulman, The Spectator *
Andrew Hadfield's life of Spenser is the first biography of the Prince of Poets, as his epitaph had it, in 60 years, and I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job for another 60 ... He brings to the biography a nuanced critical intelligence, and above all, a capacity to remind the reader how surprising Spenser was. * Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman *
This definitive portrait brings fresh life to a magnificent but maligned poet ... a model biography. * Jerry Brotton, The Independent *
Andrew Hadfield's Spenser is a remarkable piece of work ... It is difficult to imagine a more exhaustive examination of a poet's life. * Harold Weatherby, Sewanee Review *
Edmund Spenser: A Life by Andrew Hadfield displays a rare understanding of the poet's ambiguous legacy, of his relationship to history and then to art. Mr Hadfield makes no simple judgments about the connection or disconnection between beauty and cruelty, but he offers a nuanced and clever reading of the work and the man that made the work. * Colm Toibin, The Wall Street Journal, Best books of 2012 *
Hadfield's thorough analysis of the self-referential elements in Spenser's writings makes this a book that those studying Spenser will want to consult frequently. * B. E. Brandt, Choice *
Andrew Hadfield's biography takes Spenser scholarship and criticism to a new level. * Gordon Teskey, The Spenser Review *
feast on it alone and with friends and feed it to your students. * J.B. Lethbridge, Shakespeare Jahrbuch *
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