The Faerie Qveene

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Pearson Longman, 2007 - 787 pages
"The Faerie Queene is one of the masterpieces of English literature, and has influenced, inspired and challenged generations of writers, readers and scholars since its completion in 1596. However, its epic length, its prodigality of incident and detail, the complexity of its allegory and richness of its topical allusions make it one of the hardest texts to understand. Few works demand or repay introduction and annotation as much. Professor Hamilton's work, first published in 1977 and substantially revised in 2001, was the first complete critical edition widely available. The entire work is revised, and the text of The Faerie Queene itself has been freshly edited, the first such edition since the 1930s." "Hamilton provides full and careful annotation of the text, detailed guidance to critical comment past and present, and a wealth of introductory material setting the poem in its historical and literary context. This edition also includes additional original material which includes a chronology, a letter to Raleigh, commendatory verses, and dedicatory sonnets. A list of characters and their appearances has also been compiled by Shohachi Fukuda, listing their place in the poem and commentary on the names." --Book Jacket.

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