The Emergence of the English Author: Scripting the Life of the Poet in Early Modern England by Kevin PaskThe Emergence of the English Author: Scripting the Life of the Poet in Early Modern England by Kevin Pask

The Emergence of the English Author: Scripting the Life of the Poet in Early Modern England

byKevin PaskEditorStephen Orgel, Anne Barton

Paperback | October 6, 2005

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The historical construction of authorship is of enormous interest to scholars and critics. Yet an important aspect of the historical emergence of the author--the literary biography or "life of the poet"--has received scant attention. In The Emergence of the English Author, Kevin Pask offers the first full-scale history of the cultural construction of literary authority in early modern England, and studies the early life-narratives of major English poets Chaucer, Sidney, Spenser, Donne and Milton.
Title:The Emergence of the English Author: Scripting the Life of the Poet in Early Modern EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:October 6, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521020921

ISBN - 13:9780521020923

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Table of Contents

1. England's 'olde Ennius': Geoffrey Chaucer; 2. The 'mannes state' of Philip Sidney; 3. Patronage, friendship, and poetic tradition: Sidney and Spenser; 4. 'Libertine in wit': Dr Donne in literary culture; 5. Milton's daughters.

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"In this book, Kevin Pask...sheds light on early modern ideas about the nature and status of poetic authorship, ides which helped to shape the canon of vernacular literature(1). He thus adds substantially to current thinking about the historical processes which ultimately gave rise to the academic discipline of English. Stephen Parttridge, Envoi