Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 1962, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Fair Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, First Edition
Spenser is today the most neglected of all our great poets. In entering his dream-like world - Christian, heroic, chivalrous, romantic - we enter what seems to us almost a - foreign country and have to learn a different language and a different set of convention; nor is the long-limbed narrative genre of The Faerie Queene, relaxed and unobtrusive in structure, congenial to the modern poetic theorist. To re-establish Spenser in his traditional position alongside Shakespeare, Chaucer and Milton and to set The Faerie Queene in its proper place in the epic tradition are the purposes of this book. Dr Hough pays special attention to Ariosto and Tasso and the rest of the "rich and admirable" Italian literature that Spenser drew upon, analyses the Cantos in order, and draws the threads together in a concluding essay. This is one of the most important and original, as well as one of the most agreeable, works of literary criticism. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 239 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket is in very good condition, without tears or chips or other damage. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Gilt titles spine. Minor damp damage to covers leaving mottled discolouration (see pictures), text unaffected & there is no damp odour. Includes index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Literature & Literary; Literary Criticism; Epic Poetry; English Poets; Britain/UK; Renaissance 16thc to 17thc; Poetry. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3415.