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Commendatory Verse and Authorship in the English Renaissance

Mellen Studies in Literature: Elizabethan & Renaissance Studies v. 129

By (author) Wayne Chandler
Preface by Gary Taylor
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Jan 2003
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 077346770X
ISBN-13: 9780773467705
Barcode No: 9780773467705
Commendatory verse - poetry written by one author specifically to commend the work of another - presents a window on English Renaissance literary culture. This study examines particularly the paratextual functions of commendatory poetry and the relationship of those functions to contemporary Renaissance conceptions of authorship. Chapters examine the poem as an advertisement for the book to which it is attached and its role in book-selling, the state of patronage, the way the writers promoted themselves through the poems they wrote for others (with Ben Jonson serving as an example), the poems' influence on reader response, with a discussion of William Shakespeare, examining the interplay of personal agency and cultural work in the liminary material of "Mr William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories and Tragedies". One appendix identifies the original material of all commendatory poems written by Ben Jonson, and another identifies all printed drama before 1641 accompanied by commendatory verse.

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