Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640: The Procreative Pen by H. R. WoudhuysenSir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640: The Procreative Pen by H. R. Woudhuysen

Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640: The Procreative Pen

byH. R. Woudhuysen

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This is the first modern study of the production and circulation of manuscripts during the English Renaissance. H.R. Woudhuysen examines the relationship between manuscript and print, looks at people who lived by their pens, and surveys authorial and scribal manuscripts, paying particularattention to the copying of verse, plays, and scholarly works by hand. It investigates the professional production of manuscripts for sale by scribes such as Ralph Crane and Richard Robinson. The second part of the book examines Sir Philip Sydney's works in the context of Woudhuysen's research, discussing all Sidney's important manuscripts, and seeking to assess his part in the circulation of his works and his role in the promotion of a scribal culture. A detailed examination of themanuscripts and early prints of his poems, his Arcadias, and of Astrophil and Stella shed new light on their composition, evolution, and dissemination, as well as on Sidney's friends and admirers.
H. R. Woudhuysen is at University College, London.
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Title:Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640: The Procreative PenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:530 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.42 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640 is the first modern study of the production and circulation of manuscripts during the English Renaissance. H. R. Woudhuysen examines the relationship between manuscript and print, looks at people who lived by their pens, and surveys authorial and scribal manuscripts, paying particular attention to the copying of verse, plays, and scholarly works by hand. He investigates the professional production of manuscripts for sale by scribes such as Ralph Crane and Richard Robinson. The second part of the book examines Sir Philip Sidney's works in the context of Woudhuysen's research, discussing all Sidney's important manuscripts, and seeks to assess his part in the circulation of his works and his role in the promotion of a scribal culture. A detailed examination of the manuscripts and early prints of his poems, of his Arcadias, and of Astrophil and Stella sheds new light on their composition, evolution, and dissemination, as well as on Sidney's friends and admirers. Based on the examination of hundreds of man

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`This unusual book will be of interest to a wider academic audience than the title might at first sight suggest ... Woudhuysen's work deserves to become widely known amongst historians as well as literary scholars ... He presents an enormously rich tableau of characters and information ...Since manuscripts are as significant for students of early-modern politics and political thought as they are to those of poetry or the legal profession, he provides an invaluable starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about this important, but hitherto neglected subject.'Christopher Brooks, ? Archives journal?