A Spenser Handbook

A Spenser Handbook

A Spenser Handbook

A Spenser Handbook

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In preparing this Spenser Handbook I have tried, so far as practicable, to make conveniently available our present knowledge of Spenser and his poetry. It has been impossible, of course, to give credit in detail and at every turn to all those who have contributed to our understanding of the poet and his works. Nor within the limits of my undertaking could I very well present every contention on each side of every debatable question. However, among the chapter references will be found listed the articles and books I have used, and in controversial matters I have tried to be judicious where I had no space to be argumentative. Particularly have I been at pains to include whatever might give support to views that differ from my own.

I need hardly say that Carpenter Reference Guide with Miss Parrott's supplementary bibliography has been of the greatest service. To titles derived from these sources I have added those of more recent publications, even when the articles in question appeared too late to be considered in the preparation of my text. This applies particularly to the studies just published by Professors Greelaw, Padelford, Lemmi, and Bush on the problems of the Mutabilitie Cantos.

In quoting classical and Italian authors I have used the following translations: -Welldon Nicomachean Ethics (Macmillan) ; Jowett Plato; Cockman Cicero's Offices (Everyman's Library) ; Rose Orlando Furioso (G. Bell & Sons . . .

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