About this book
The first biography of this complex and innovative poet for 60 years. Best known as the author of "The Faerie Queene", the range of his work makes him one of the most innovative and experimental writers of his age, and this biography shows that his work was deeply rooted in his own experiences.
Edmund Spenser's innovative poetic works have a central place in the canon of English literature. Yet he is remembered as a morally flawed, self-interested sycophant; in Karl Marx's words, 'Elizabeth's arse-kissing poet'. In this vibrant and vivid biography - the first for 60 years - Andrew Hadfield finds a more complex and subtle Spenser.
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