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Title: An edition of British Library, Additional MS 36529
Author: Smith, Edward P. M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5349 0015
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2014
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This semi-diplomatic edition of BL, Add. MS 36529 presents the first full transcription of, and commentary on, the English poems of that manuscript, which was compiled over the second half of the sixteenth century. Amid the seventy entries in the miscellany are twenty-eight poems by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1516x17-1547) and nine (two doubtful) by Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542), most of of which are substantive texts. These are joined by the poems of other important mid-Tudor poets such as Sir John Cheke (1514-1557), Sir Thomas Chaloner (1521-1565), Thomas Phaer (1510?-1560), and the initial prime mover of the manuscript, John Harington of Stepney (1517x1520-1582). Seventeen poems are apparently unique to the manuscript; these include certain of the Harington pieces, and a sequence of twelve sonnet translations from Petrarch's Rime sparse which probably also have a Harington provenance. Many poems are therefore glossed here for the first time; for others, particularly the Wyatt and Surrey poems, the collation of texts and stemmatic analysis is more thoroughgoing than is available in twentieth-century editions of these poets. The commentaries supplied have been designed to aid the comprehension of conscientious undergraduate students of English Literature. In addition to the transcription and commentaries, this edition presents research on the compilers of the manuscript, the Harington family of Stepney and Kelston, who were also responsible for the Arundel Harington Manuscript. In particular, it discusses the elder Harington's instigation of the manuscript, but also considers the role of his son, Sir John Harington (bap. 1561, d. 1612), who used it and probably contributed to it in one instance. The variety and quality of the texts in the manuscript suggest that the elder Harington was able to access important textual networks; several of its poems survive too in the most famous printed miscellany of the period, Tottel's Songes and Sonettes (1557). The common denominator of the items in Add. MS 36529 is their soberness: literary value appears to have been an important criterion for selection, and the manuscript as a whole evidences the Haringtons' pride in English letters. The edition reveals Add. MS 36529 to be a miscellany which interacts fully with the worlds of manuscript and print, and thus one which merits an important place in accounts of sixteenth-century literary and manuscript culture.
Supervisor: Shrank, Cathy L. ; May, Steven W. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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