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dc.contributor.authorVine, Angusen_UK
dc.description.abstractFirst paragraph: Until recently, the Mirror for Magistrates was one of those texts that early modern scholars frequently cited, but rather less often read. Highly influential and clearly popular in its own day, serving as a model and source for writers from Shakespeare and Spenser to Daniel and Drayton, the Mirror was one of those embarrassing scholarly secrets. Everyone knew that they should have read it—and certainly everyone knew that the early moderns read it, often with great enthusiasm—but few actually bothered. The dismissive attitudes of earlier generations of critics appeared to die hard: following E. M. W. Tillyard’s castigation of its ‘execrable verse’ and C. S. Lewis’s caustic observation that ‘[n]o one lays down the Mirror without a sense of relief’, critical attitudes were invariably dismissive or outright hostile.[1] The Mirror, it seemed, was one of that legion of once popular and significant texts fated to be misrepresented and misunderstood by later readers and subsequent eras.en_UK
dc.publisherInternational Spenser Societyen_UK
dc.relationVine A (2019) Review of Harriet Archer, Unperfect Histories: The Mirror for Magistrates, 1559-1610. Review of: Harriet Archer, Unperfect Histories: The Mirror for Magistrates, 1559-1610 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), xii + 203 pp. ISBN 978–0–19–880617–2. The Spenser Review, 49 (2), Art. No.: 17.
dc.relation.isbasedonHarriet Archer, Unperfect Histories: The Mirror for Magistrates, 1559-1610 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), xii + 203 pp. ISBN 978–0–19–880617–2en_UK
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dc.titleReview of Harriet Archer, Unperfect Histories: The Mirror for Magistrates, 1559-1610en_UK
dc.typeBook Reviewen_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[Vine-SpenserReview-2019-Harriet-Archer-Unperfect-Histories.pdf] Publisher requires embargo of 6 months after formal publication.en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleThe Spenser Reviewen_UK
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dc.description.notesOutput Type: Book Reviewen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationEnglish Studiesen_UK
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local.rioxx.authorVine, Angus|0000-0002-0910-8208en_UK
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