Edmund Spenser, the Critical Heritage

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Gabriel Harvey


Gabriel Harvey (1545-1630) migrated from Christ's College to Pembroke a year after Spenser's admission there as a sizar (1569). He was probably most generally known to his contemporaries in the context of the controversy with Nashe, but to us as the friend and intimate of Spenser. He has been identified, I think improbably, with E.K. For an account of his relations with Spenser see Mary Parmenter, 'Colin Clout and Hobbinoll: A Reconsideration of the Relationship of Edmund Spenser and Gabriel Harvey', Johns Hopkins University Ph.D. Dissertation, 1933. In view of his close association with Spenser, I have been less selective of his remarks than is in general my rule. See also No. 132.

(a) From the Marginalia, ed. G.C. Moore Smith (Stratford-upon-Avon, 1913): To 1542 edition of Quintilian's Institutes; Moore Smith, p. 122:

The three brightest talents of Britain have been Chaucer, More, and Jewel. To those I would add three more now flourishing: Hey wood, Sidney, and Spenser. 1

Ibid., p. 161; To 1572 edition of Twine's translation of Dionysius Periegetes, The Surueye of the World:

M. Digges hath the whole Aquarius of Palingenius bie hart: & takes mutch delight to repeate it often.

M. Spenser conceiues the like pleasure in the fourth day of the first Weeke of Bartas. Which he esteemes as the proper profession of Urania.

Ibid., p. 162; on the same:

1Tria viuidissima Britanorum ingenia, Chaucerus, Morus, Juellus: Quibus addo tres florentissimas indoles, Heiuodum, Sidneium, Spencerum.


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