ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Whetstone

(1550-1587)


George Whetstone, a prolific poet, was the son of a Lincolnshire squire. After squandering his patrimony he became a soldier-adventurer, traveling to Newfoundland (1578-79) and fighting on the Continent (1572-74, 1585-86). In Holland he met Sir Philip Sidney, whose biography he later wrote. Whetstone's play, Promos and Cassandra, was a source for Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.


TEXT RECORDS:

1587Sir Phillip Sidney, his honorable Life, his valiant Death, and true Vertues.

PUBLICATIONS:

The rocke of regard. 1576.
A remembrance of George Gaskoigne. 1577.
The right excellent historye of Promos and Cassandra. 1578.
A remembrance of Sir Nicholas Bacon. 1579.
A heptameron of civill discourses. 1582.
A remembraunce of Sir James Dier. 1582?
A remembraunce of Thomas [Radcliffe]. 1583.
A mirour for magestrates of cyties; a touchstone for the time. 1584.
The honorable reputation of a souldier. 1585.
The English myrror. 1586.
The enemie to unthryftinesse: publishing by lawes, documents, and disciplines. 1586.
The censure of a loyall subject. 1587.
Sir Phillip Sidney, his honorable life. 1587.