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Product Details

  • Paperback: 860 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (Sept. 10 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300042450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300042450
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,576,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal

The expressed purpose of this volume is "to make available to students the texts of Spenser's shorter poems with introductions and notes which respond to developments in Spenser criticism over the past forty years." Thus, it is an update of the Variorum Minor Poems, published in the 1940s, and a successful one. It surpasses the Everyman edition (now out of print) in not modernizing spellings and in glossing difficult or arcane terms. The print is attractive and the book a pleasure to read; the paperback version should find wide use in Renaissance literature courses. The price of the hardcover version, however, will present problems for many libraries. Still, libraries wanting an update of the Variorum , or lacking it while having an active Spenser audience, should consider this strongly.
- Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The definitive version for the serious academic student Dec 12 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are in any way responsible academically for Spenser's shorter works, this is the book. Editing, of course, refers to how the text of the poems is managed with regard to conflicts in early editions, etc. Here, decisions on text are made consistently and all changes vs. early texts are listed in the Appendices. Also useful, even though it's now more than 12 years out of date, is the annotated bibliography, which provides a good starting point for additional literary research.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Still invaluable Aug. 4 2013
By Anne L. Prescott - Published on
Format: Paperback
This edition of the shorter poems of Edmund Spenser is not perfect--one reason to long for a new edition with--and as an editor of Spenser myself (the Norton Critical Edition) I can see places where I would correct a note here or drop one there. But this volume remains invaluable for those of us teaching Spenser or in need of all the shorter poems in one volume. I am about to assign it for a graduate course on Spenser. But please, Yale, may we have an updated edition? William Oram (one of my colleague at the journal Spenser Studies) is the best.
7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
marred by overediting Feb. 12 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book would normally get a "10" for providing us with the shorter poems of Edmund Spenser, but it is marred by overediting. The collective ego of Yale comes through on almost every page. I can see one footnote that begins, "There is irony here." I ask, is there any poem without irony? Why point it out? A footnote should be providing the student with factual information, references to allusions, etc., and not providing interpretation. So, buy the book; Spenser is so great a poet that philosophy textbooks sometimes devote pages to him; but ignore the editing.
0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Spenser is a real bore April 2 2013
By Sausage Genie - Published on
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I had to read this jerk in undergrad and then again in grad school to meet minimum requirements. Prolly the most boring hunk of dried dung I've ever read...second only to Milton.