The Allegory of the Faerie Queene

The Allegory of the Faerie Queene

The Allegory of the Faerie Queene

The Allegory of the Faerie Queene

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It is extremely difficult to trace the formation of critical ideas and impressions. Probably, therefore, I am even deeper in debt than I realize. Where I was aware of a debt I have tried to acknowledge it in the text; but besides expressing my general gratitude to all, known and unknown, whose good things I have used, I ought also to emphasize how much, even when sometimes differing in conclusions, I owe to the works of Professor Renwick, Professor Lewis, and Dr. Spens. Only to the de Selincourt preface could one owe more. I owe much also to the suggestions and criticism on the part of the Clarendon Press itself, and I have to thank the Cambridge University Library for the courtesy with which I was allowed access to the books.

I wish very specially to express my gratitude to Miss Helen Darbishire, without whose encouragement this book would never have been begun at all, and to Professor A. M. D. Hughes, without whose constant patience and wise criticism it would never have been completed.

M. P. P.

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