Henry Howard, the Poet Earl of Surrey: A Life

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - 448 páginas
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The first comprehensive biography of Henry Howard, Poet Earl of Surrey, this book fills a major gap in the history of early modern British culture. Sessions's powerful narrative combines historical scholarship with close readings of poetic texts and Tudor paintings, to explore the remarkable life of the man who was heir to the greatest title outside the royal family but who was beheaded in 1547 on the orders of Henry VIII. The first cousin of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (and an influence on his young cousin the Princess Elizabeth), Surrey personified the contradictions of the courtier's role, through his standing both as a representative of the older nobility and as a poet who wrote innovative texts and created two of the most enduring poetic forms in England: the English sonnet and blank verse.
 

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Contenido

Prologue
1
Two Battles
11
The Mother
41
Mount Surrey
143
Lyrics and Lives
175
The Countess of Surrey
200
Imprisonments
217
CHAPTER 9
233
Lieutenant General of the King
288
The Shame of St Etienne
319
ENOUGH SURVIVES
331
Surreys Last Portrait
333
The Final Days
352
A Conclusion
388
Bibliography
419
Index
442

Sir Thomas Wyatt
240
The Origins of Blank Verse
260

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W. A. Sessions is Regents' Professor of English, Georgia State University.

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