Spenser: The Faerie Queene Paperback – Aug 21 2006
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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
Hamilton 's edition of the Faerie Queene is indispensable to any serious scholar of Spenser .
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Hamilton's edition is a masterpiece of scholarship and close reading. 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 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, 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. As a sign of its enduring appeal, this edition was, in 2005, awarded the Isobel MacAffery Award by the International Spenser Society for its outstanding contribution to Spenser studies.
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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