Anonymous - The Phoenix Nest


Anonymous - The Phoenix Nest

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ISBN 978-1-84861-104-7 Download a PDF sampler from this book here.

Following the publication of Tottel's Miscellany in 1557, a number of other such miscellanies appeared, none of them especially significant from an artistic point of view. In 1593, however, a still-unidentified gentleman known only by his initials (R.S.) published this relatively slim, well-printed and well-designed compilation, which included works by a number oif significant poets of the day—those identified are Sir Walter Raleigh, Thomas Lodge, Nicholas Breton, Robert Greene, George Peele, the Earl of Oxford, Sir Edward Dyer, and Thomas Watson. It is almost certain that the Phoenix of the title was Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), to whom the first three elegies in the book are dedicated. As with the editions of Tottel's Miscellany and Englands Helicon in this series, this volume is offered to the modern reading public in order to show how taste, and readerships developed in the early period of modern printing and the first era of broad dissemination of English poetry. The selection well repays reading, even today, and may thus also be read for pleasure and not just for instruction.


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