Sir John Harington and the Book as Gift

Hardcover | September 15, 2001

byJason Scott-Warren

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Sir John Harington (1560-1612) has long been recognized as one of the most colourful and engaging figures at the English Renaissance court. Godson of Queen Elizabeth, translator of Ariosto, and inventor of the water-closet, he was also a lively writer in a wide variety of modes, and an acutecommentator on his times. This study opens a new perspective on Harington's literary production by attending to the fact that almost all of his writings were designed as gifts. Combining detailed readings and first-hand historical research, Jason Scott-Warren reconstructs the complex, often deviousagenda which Harington wrote into his books as he customized them for specific individuals and occasions. Offering a wealth of insights into self-fashioning and the pursuit of patronage, this study makes a persuasive case for the significance of material culture to textual interpretation. It will beof interest to all who work on the early modern period, and in particular to historians of the book.

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Sir John Harington (1560-1612) has long been recognized as one of the most colourful and engaging figures at the English Renaissance court. Godson of Queen Elizabeth, translator of Ariosto, and inventor of the water-closet, he was also a lively writer in a wide variety of modes, and an acutecommentator on his times. This study opens a ...

Jason Scott-Warren is Lecturer, Dept of English and Related Literature, University of York

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199244456

ISBN - 13:9780199244454

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsList of AbbreviationsNote on TextsIntroduction1. Harington, Ariosto, and the Textual Economy of the Court2. Privy Politics3. Out of the Closet4. Part of the Furniture5. Forging the Future6. Producing Prophecy7. Elizabeth's Witty Godson under JamesConclusionBibliographyIndex