By Judith H. Anderson
At the four-hundredth anniversary of The Faerie Queene, this ebook demanding situations the bought culture of Spenser's biography. the 1st "life" of Edmund Spenser (c. 1552-99) was once 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 intricate this lifestyles near to a handful of surviving files and a wealth of dubiously pertinent historic truth and gossip. The 9 essays during this quantity learn the background of Spenser biography and recommend ideas for reinterpreting it to an viewers newly delicate to difficulties of inventive self-presentation.