ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Spenser

(1552 ca.-1599)


The Prince of Poets was probably born in East Smithfield, London. He studied at Merchant Taylors' School under Richard Mulcaster, and at Pembroke Hall Cambridge where he met Gabriel Harvey who may have introduced him to the Sidney circle. After publishing Shepheardes Calender in 1579 Spenser was secretary to Lord Grey of Wilton, whom he followed to Ireland. Spenser lived at Kilcolman Castle, near Walter Raleigh, a fellow under-taker. With Raleigh Spenser traveled to London in 1589 to publish the first installment of the Faerie Queene; he returned in 1596 to publish Books IV to VI of the Faerie Queene. Kilcolman Castle was burned during the rebellion of 1598, and the poet died in London under distressed circumstances.


TEXT RECORDS:

1579Shepheardes Calender I: Januarye.
1579Shepheardes Calender II: Februarie.
1579Shepheardes Calender III: March.
1579Shepheardes Calender IV: Aprill.
1579Shepheardes Calender V: Maye.
1579Shepheardes Calender VI: June.
1579Shepheardes Calender VII: Julye.
1579Shepheardes Calender VIII: August.
1579Shepheardes Calender VIIII: September.
1579Shepheardes Calender X: October.
1579Shepheardes Calender XI: November.
1579Shepheardes Calender XII: December.
1579Shepheardes Calender: Epilogue.
1579Shepheardes Calender: To His Book.
1580To my long approoved and singular good Frende, Master G. H.
1590A Letter of the Authors expounding his whole Intention in the course of this Worke.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto II.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto III.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto IV.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto IX.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto V.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto VI.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto VII.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto VIII.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto X.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto XI.
1590Faerie Queene. Book I. Canto XII.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto II.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto III.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto IV.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto IX.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto V.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto VI.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto VII.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto VIII.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto X.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto XI.
1590Faerie Queene. Book II. Canto XII.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto II.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto III.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto IV.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto IX.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto V.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto VI.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto VII.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto VIII.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto X.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto XI.
1590Faerie Queene. Book III. Canto XII.
1590The First Book of the Faerie Queene. Contayning the Legende of the Knight of the Red-Crosse, or of Holinesse.
1590The Second Booke of the Faerie Queene. Contayning the Legend of Sir Guyon, or of Temperance.
1590The Third Booke of the Faerie Queene. Contayning, the Legend of Britomartis, or of Chastitie.
1590Verses of the Author, with his Fairy-Queen, to several Persons of Quality.
1591Daphnaida.
1591Muiopotmos, or the Fate of the Butterflie.
1591Prosopopoia: or Mother Hubberds Tale.
1591Ruines of Rome: by Bellay.
1591Ruines of Time.
1591The Tears of the Muses.
1591The Visions of Bellay.
1591The Visions of Petrarch. Formerly translated.
1591To the most noble and excellent Lord, the Earl of Leicester.
1591Virgil's Gnat.
1591Visions of the Worlds Vanitie.
1592To the right worshipfull, my singular good Frend, M. Gabriell Harvey, Doctor of the Lawes.
1595Amoretti.
1595Astrophel. A Pastoral Elegie upon the Death of the most noble and valorous Knight, Sir Philip Sidney.
1595Colin Clouts Come Home Againe.
1595Epithalamion.
1595To the right worthy and noble Knight Sir Walter Raleigh.
1595[The Lay of Clorinda.]
1596An Hymne in Honour of Beautie.
1596An Hymne in Honour of Heavenly Beautie.
1596An Hymne in Honour of Heavenly Love.
1596An Hymne in Honour of Love.
1596Dedication to Fowre Hymnes.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto II.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto III.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto IV.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto IX.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto V.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto VI.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto VII.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto VIII.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto X.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto XI.
1596Faerie Queene. Book IV. Canto XII.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto II.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto III.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto IV.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto IX.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto V.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto VI.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto VII.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto VIII.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto X.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto XI.
1596Faerie Queene. Book V. Canto XII.
1596Prothalamion.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto II.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto III.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto IV.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto IX.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto V.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto VI.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto VII.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto VIII.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto X.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto XI.
1596The Faerie Queene. Book VI. Canto XII.
1596 ca.The Faerie Queene. Book VII. Cantos VII and VIII.
1596The Fifth Booke of the Faerie Queene. Contayning the Legend of Artegall or of Justice.
1596The Fourth Booke of the Faerie Queene. containing the Legend of Cambel and Telamond, or of Friendship.
1596The Sixte Booke of the Faerie Queene. Contayning the Legend of Sir Calidore, or of Courtesie.
1596 ca.Two Cantos of Mutabilitie.
1600Three Poems by Spenser.
1602An Elegie in Trimeter Iambickes.
1609The Faerie Queene.
1611Works of England's Arch-Poet, Edm. Spenser.
1679The Works of that famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser.
1715The Works of Mr. Edmund Spenser.
1732Calendarium pastorale.
1739Spenser's Amoretti, a Collection of Twenty-five Sonnets set to Music by Dr. Greene.
1750The Works of Spenser.
1751Fowre Hymnes
1751The Faerie Queene. By Edmund Spenser. With an exact Collation of the Two Original Editions.
1758The Faerie Queen. A new Edition.
1758The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser.
1758The Fairy Queen. In Two Volumes.
1778Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. In Eight Volumes.
1784Mother Hubberd's Tale of the Fox and Ape.
1788[A Partial Translation of The Faerie Queene.]
1793Minor Poems.
1795Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.
1795Spensers Feenkonigin I, 1. Probe einer Ubersetzung.
1802The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. In six Volumes.
1805The Works of Edumnd Spenser.
1806Sonnets by Spenser.
1810The Poems of Edmund Spenser.
1814Sonnets by Spenser.
1814[German Translation of Spenser's sonnets.]
1819Poetical Works.
1819The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.
1822The Poems of Edmund Spenser.
1825The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.

PUBLICATIONS:

Theatre for worldings [Van-der Noodt, contributions by Spenser]. 1569.
Shepheardes Calender. 1579.
Three proper and wittie, familiar letters [with Harvey] 1580.
Faerie Queene. 1590, 1596, 1609.
Complaints. 1591.
Daphnaida. 1591.
Axiochus, a most excellent dialogue. [Plato, trans. Spenser.] 1592.
Amoretti and Epithalamion. 1595.
Colin Clouts come home againe. 1595.
Fowre Hymnes. 1596.
Prothalamion. 1596.
The Faerie queen ... with the other works. 1617.
View of the present state of Ireland. 1633.
Works of that famous English poet, Mr. Edmund Spenser. 1679.
Works, ed. John Hughes. 1715.
Works, ed. H. J. Todd. 1805.
Poetical works, ed. J. C. Smith and E. de Selincourt. 1909-10.
Works: a variorum edition, ed. Greenlaw et. al. 1932-49.