Spenser: The Faerie Queene (2nd Edition) Paperback – Sep 1 2001
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Winner of "The Isabel MacCaffrey Award", awarded by the International Spenser Society, for the best book published between 2001 and 2003. 'All in all, it is a major work of scholarship, combining a meticulously prepared text with splendid annotation. It will last, and will help inspire new generations of readers.' "" "Tom MacFaul, Notes and Queries, June 2003."
From the Back Cover
Longman Annotated English Poets
Series editors: J Barnard, P Hammond
The Faerie Queene
Edited by A C Hamilton
Text edited by Hiroshi Yamashita and Toshiyuki Suzuki
Character listing compiled by Shohachi Fukuda
The Faerie Queene
is one of the great seminal 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 to grips with understand. Few works demand or repay introduction and annotation as much - Professor Hamilton's widely acclaimed annotated work, first published in 1977, was the first complete critical edition available for the scholar, student or general reader. It is now a standard textbook for all students of Spenser.
Hamilton's second edition is another scholarly masterpiece. The entire work is revised, and the text of The Faerie Queene itself has been freshly edited, the first such edition since the 1930s. The new text, itself a milestone in academic achievement, has been produced by Hiroshi Yamashita and Toshiyuki Suzuki and is now considered the new standard text of the poem.
This edition continues the excellent scholarship of the first edition; Hamilton provides exceptionally 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 full 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.
Praise for the first edition:
'a volume of prime importance to Spenserians, who will find it a mine of information and insights assembled by one of the most knowledgeable of modern readers of the poem.' Spenser Newsletter
'Hamilton's introductory material is both succinct and incisive, while his notes, attentive both to language and interpretation are immensely valuable.' Studies in English Literature
'It is valuable volume in a valuable series.' Essays in Criticism
A C Hamilton is the retired Cappon Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He is the General Editor of Spenser Encyclopedia.See all Product Description
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For me, having just discovered that this had been turned into an e-book, the real test was to see how the publishers tamed this fearsome beast to behave for my kindle. Most poetry and commentary is badly done in the new format (I have written a number of cranky reviews of other kindle productions). But the good news is that Spenser's text is allowed to run continuously, and the notes are treated as popups, one note (or link) per stanza. This allows one to read the poem (nicely displayed) without any interruption, or to take a deep dive now and then into the rich treasures of the commentary. The stanza structure allows this approach, which Dr Hamilton followed himself, and it is very pleasing that the publishers have also done the right thing.
The Faerie Queene (even without notes) is accessible for many readers as it presents a strange and intriguing world, a kind of invented medieval world (a 16th-century allegorical Game of Thrones in stanza form), and you don't need to know the sources to everything in order to get the poem. I first read it as an undergraduate in the old two-volume Oxford text with no annotation whatsoever, and of course jumped from one misunderstanding to the next (the medieval vocabulary, the old spelling, the religious allegory, etc.Read more ›
If you already have the first edition that was edited by Hamilton (or if you were lukewarm about reading Spenser in the first place), you may not need this updated edition, unless you would like to read the updated essays and commentary. However, if you love "The Faerie Queene," this particular volume will provide you with many hours (and possibly years) of enjoyment. It is well known that the poem is one of the greatest ever to be penned in the English language. In the second edition, Hamilton helps us all understand why this poem speaks so powerfully to us over four hundred years later. This is truly a marvelous poem and a great academic text.
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This is the second edition of the best version of The Faerie Queene available. It is a marked improvement over the first edition. For one thing, you can actually read the type. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by ABLong
There's no question that this is a lot of book for the money, and it's an essential volume for the serious student. Read morePublished on March 27 2003
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