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A History of Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury PDF

By George Saintsbury

ISBN-10: 1421272679

ISBN-13: 9781421272672

This Elibron Classics booklet is a facsimile reprint of a 1910 version by way of Macmillan and Co., constrained, London.

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So also does Gabriel Harvey, Spenser'sfriend, a curious coxcomb who endeavouredto dissuade Spenser from continuing The Faerie Qiu'ene,devoted much time himself and strove to devote other peopleto the thanklesstask of composingEnglish hexametersand 1 The final s of suchnamesoften at the time appearsunaltered. e. " 36 EARLY ELIZABETHAN PROSE CHAP. trimeters,engaged(very much to his discomfiture)in a furious pamphlet war with Thomas Nash, and altogether presents one of the most characteristicthough least favourable specimensof the Elizabethan man of letters.

The chief is the author of the anonymousArt of EnglishPoesie,publishedthe year after the Armada, and just before the appearanceof The Faerie Queene. This Art haschiefly to be comparedwith the Discourseof English /}>,-/;"/,;publishedthree years earlier by William Webbe. Webbe, of whom nothing is known save that he was a private tutor at one or two gentlemen's houses in Essex, exhibits that dislike and disdain of rhyme which was an offshootof the passion for humanist studies, which was importantly representedall through the sixteenth and early seventeenth century in England, and which had Milton for its last and greatestexponent.

Ascham was a Yorkshire man born at Kirbywiske, near Northallerton, in 1515; he went to St. John's College at Cambridge, then a notable seat of learning, in 1530; was elected scholar, fellow, and lecturer, becamepublic orator the year after the appearanceof Toxofhi/its, acted as tutor to the Princess Elizabeth, went on diplomatic businessto Germany,was Latin secretaryto Queen Mary, and after her death to his old pupil, and died on the 3oth December 1568. A treatise on Cock-fighting (of which sport he was very fond) appears to have been written by him, and was perhaps printed, but is unluckily lost.

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