Rosalynde; or, Euphues' Golden Legacy

Rosalynde; or, Euphues' Golden Legacy

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Rosalynde; or, Euphues' Golden Legacy

Rosalynde; or, Euphues' Golden Legacy

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This edition of Lodge’s “Rosalynde” has grown out of a need felt by the editor for an example of Elizabethan prose suitable for use in a general survey course in English, designed for college freshmen. “Rosalynde,” of all the books that were considered, seemed on the whole best to fulfill the desired conditions. As a pastoral romance it belongs to a class of books which, if not peculiar to the Elizabethan age, is at least thoroughly representative of it. Moreover, the story is entirely unobjectionable, nothing being found in it that could offend any reader. the “Rosalynde,” being one of the shortest of the prose romances, is not open to the objections that might be urged against the more famous, but also more discursive, “Arcadia” of Sidney. Its close relations with Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” which is also read in the course, and its added interest as one of the precursors of the modern novel, additionally recommend it. Finally, its coherent plot, its freedom from digressions, and its happy ending, make it seem likely to interest students, in spite of the conventionality of the pastoral form.

The annotation has been confined to giving the meanings of obsolete or unusual words. There are many mythological allusions that call for explanation; but this, it is thought, any good dictionary of mythology will supply. the list of questions is not of course exhaustive, and is intended to be merely suggestive of the kind of study the college student in an introductory course in English might well be fitted to undertake. the text is that of the Hunterian Club edition of Lodge’s . . .

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