Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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being a Man was revealed) I thank you for this care of me. Philanax finding by their speech that they were of near Acquaintance, began to Examin them apart; but such resolution he found in them, that he could learn no farther of them than it pleased them to declare. So he thought that it would be most fit to put them both in one Place, and for that purpose, gave them both unto the Noble man Simpathus, who before had the Custody of Pyrocles.


71.

D. Stanley

1725

The list of subscribers to this re-writing of Arcadia includes Sir Hans Sloane. Since Sloane’s daughter Sarah had married in 1719 George Stanley of Paultons (DNB, s.nn. ‘Sir Hans Sloane’ and ‘Hans Stanley’), ‘D.’—Dorothy?—Stanley was perhaps a relation of his. (I have been unable to trace the Edward and Hester Stanley also listed as subscribers.)

The parting of Argalus and Parthenia, in the extract chosen here, typifies Stanley’s style and attitudes. Speech from Arcadia (NA, pp. 372-3) is expanded, inflated and made generally to conform to the standards of decorum established by Sentimentalism as exemplified in the tragedies of Nicholas Rowe. ‘Mine you are’ becomes ‘you’ve given your self to me by the most solemn Tyes’; ‘your blood must be bled by Parthenia’ becomes ‘nor can your breast be pierced, but through her Heart’. Correct sentiment is to be spelt out: additions include the reference to ‘The righteous Heavens’ and their justice. The narrator, too, sometimes provides a moral lead: ‘the tyranny of honour’ in the original becomes ‘mistaken Notions of tyrannick Honour’, and in Stanley’s concluding sentence, also given below, happy closure substitutes for the sense of future possibilities and unanswered questions at the end of Arcadia. The eclogues are simply omitted: ‘I have the opinion of most of my Subscribers for it’ (Preface, sig. bv).

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  • Title Page iii
  • General Editor’s Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xiv
  • Abbreviations xvi
  • Note on the Text xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Edward Waterhouse 87
  • 2 - Philip Sidney 88
  • 4 - Edmund Spenser 93
  • Note 94
  • 6 - George Puttenham 96
  • 7 - William Temple 98
  • 8 - Geoffrey Whitney 102
  • 12 - George Whetstone 110
  • 15 - Sir John Harington 115
  • 16 - Thomas Newman 118
  • 18 - Edmund Spenser 127
  • 21 - Thomas Moffet 136
  • 22 - John King 139
  • 24 - Gervase Markham 141
  • 25 - Francis Meres 146
  • Note 147
  • 27 - Ben Jonson 152
  • 29 - Brian Twyne 157
  • 32 - Matthew Gwynne 169
  • 34 - Richard Carew 171
  • 36 - John Day 174
  • Notes 186
  • Note 200
  • 45 - John Donne 211
  • 47 - Upon Sydneis Arcadia 217
  • 48 - Michael Drayton 219
  • 52 - Edmund Waller 227
  • 54 - Richard Lovelace 232
  • 62 - Charles Cotton 259
  • 63 - John Aubrey 260
  • 65 - Edward Phillips 264
  • 66 - Life of Spenser 265
  • 67 - D. Tyndale 266
  • 69 - Anthony Wood 268
  • 70 - ‘j.N.’ 270
  • 71 - D. Stanley 272
  • 72 - Elizabeth Montagu 275
  • 75 - Samuel Johnson 281
  • 76 - ‘philisides’ 283
  • 78 - The History of Argalus and Parthenia 287
  • 79 - The Gentleman’s Magazine 288
  • 80 - Richard Brinsley Sheridan 290
  • 84 - Thomas Zouch 296
  • 85 - The Annual Review and History of Literature for 1808 299
  • 87 - Sir Egerton Brydges 304
  • 89 - William Hazlitt 317
  • 94 - Henry Hallam 335
  • 95 - Isaac D’israeli 337
  • Select Bibliography 350
  • Index 353
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