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ISBN: 0199591024
Author: Andrew Hadfield
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
Pages: 656
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
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Andrew Hadfield displays a rare understanding of the poet's ambiguous legacy, of his relationship to history and then to art. Mr. Hadfield makes no simple judgments about the connection or disconnection between beauty and cruelty, but he offers a nuanced and clever reading of the work and the man that made the work. Colm Toibin, Books of the Year, Wall Street Journal.

The following year, however, Spenser's life changed dramatically Spenser is often a poet of bitterness and disappointment, a connoisseur of the frustrations of courtly life and long debilitating lawsuits: "To lose good days that might be better.

The following year, however, Spenser's life changed dramatically. He unexpectedly left for Ireland, and for 10 years he published nothing. There is a theory that he ruffled feathers with a satirical poem, "Mother Hubberd's Tale", which was certainly written around this time, though not printed until 1591. Spenser is often a poet of bitterness and disappointment, a connoisseur of the frustrations of courtly life and long debilitating lawsuits: "To lose good days that might be better spent,, To waste long nights in pensive disconten. To fawn, to crouch, to wait, to ride, to run,, To spend, to give, to want, to be undone.

Edmund Spenser's innovative poetic works have a central place in the canon of English literature. In his vibrant and vivid book, the first biography of the poet for 60 years, Andrew Hadfield finds a more complex and subtle Spenser. Yet he is remembered as a morally flawed, self-interested sycophant; complicit in England's ruthless colonisation of Ireland; in Karl Marx's words, 'Elizabeth's arse-kissing poet'- a man on the make who aspired to be at court and who was prepared to exploit the Irish to get what he wanted. In his vibrant and vivid book, the first biography of the poet for 60 years, Andrew Hadfield finds a more complex and subtle Spenser

Edmund Spenser was born in East Smithfield, London, around the year 1552, though there is still some ambiguity as to the exact date of his birth

Then again, Edmund Spenser had fraught relations with his many dedicatees, including the queen (Elizabeth I) to. .

Then again, Edmund Spenser had fraught relations with his many dedicatees, including the queen (Elizabeth I) to whom he addressed his epic poem but whose approach to Irish colonisation he found too piecemeal, and the future king (James VI of Scotland and I of England), whom he offended by his unflattering depiction of James’ mother (more of which anon). Hailed as the first major biography of Spenser in 60 years, Andrew Hadfield’s monumental undertaking sets new standards in life writing.

In Edmund Spenser: A Life, Andrew Hadfield offers the first biography in sixty years of the most important non-dramatic poet of the English Renaissance. As Hadfield reminds us, Spenser is often painted as a morally flawed, self-interested sycophant; complicit in England's ruthless colonization of Ireland; in Karl Marx's words, "Elizabeth's arse-kissing poet"-a man on the make who aspired to be at court and who was prepared to exploit the Irish to get what he wanted. But Hadfield presents a more complex and subtle portrait of Spenser. How did a man who seemed destined.

This, as Andrew Hadfield points out in this wonderful, definitive life of Spenser, is the story that has been told for centuries. It is little wonder that his is the first biography since the Second World War. Poor Spenser has none of the sexual, political or aristocratic charisma of Sidney, Jonson or Donne. Yet, as Hadfield shows, he needs to be acknowledged as a major colonial thinker who almost single-handedly changed the course.

Edmund Spenser's innovative poetic works have a central place in the canon of English literature. Yet he is remembered as a morally flawed, self-interested sycophant; complicit in England's ruthless colonisation of Ireland; in Karl Marx's words, 'Elizabeth's arse-kissing poet'-- a man on the make who aspired to be at court and who was prepared to exploit the Irish to get what he wanted.In his vibrant and vivid book, the first biography of the poet for 60 years, Andrew Hadfield finds a more complex and subtle Spenser. How did a man who seemed destined to become a priest or a don become embroiled in politics? If he was intent on social climbing, why was he so astonishingly rude to the good and the great Lord Burghley, the earl of Leicester, Sir Walter Ralegh, Elizabeth I and James VI? Why was he more at home with 'the middling sort' -- writers, publishers and printers, bureaucrats, soldiers, academics, secretaries, and clergymen -- than with the mighty and the powerful? How did the appalling slaughter he witnessed in Ireland impact on his imaginative powers? How did his marriage and family life shape his work? Spenser's brilliant writing has always challenged our preconceptions. So too, Hadfield shows, does the contradictory relationship between his between life and his art.

Comments:

Weiehan
Exhaustive research, and dizzy time travel!
Jia
This summer I decided to reread Spenser. I began with the marriage odes and sonnets, continued to the Shepheard's Calender and then decided to reread the Faery Queene. The amazing beauty of his language endures after all these centuries; I consider him one of English's greatest poets, fresh and vital to this day. Three weeks ago I happened upon this biography in the library. I am not a great fan of biographies of writers and tend to actively dislike long biographies. Even worse, as Hadfield acknowledges in his introduction, the bare facts of Spenser's life would barely fill a sheet or two of closely printed type.

Yet I began to read and was totally immersed in not just who Spenser was, but what it meant to be a poet in Elizabethian England and to be a colonist in 16th century Ireland. Hadfield carefully recreates Spenser's life, the society in which he lived and relates both to Spenser's work. His profound reading of Spenser's poetry overturns superficial judgments linking Spenser and Queen Elizabeth and Spenser and Walter Ralegh and remind the reader just how controversial a poet Spenser was. Elizabethian England comes alive in this book in an extrordinary way. This is one of the best biographies I have ever read; I would rank it with Scholem's Sabbatai Sevi.

While the book is not easy reading, it repays the time and deep attention needed to read it. I think it is worth reading whether you know Spenser's work or not--and if you don't, you may discover a poet with whom you can travel life's road--the man who, as Yeats put it, dreamed of faeryland.

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