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Sir Philip Sidney: An Apology for Poetry
and Astrophil and Stella: Texts and Contexts

Edited by Peter C. Herman

ISBN 0-9679121-1-3

Price $16.25

About the Book
This edition presents together Sir Philip Sidney's response to the many attacks on poetry current in early modern England, An Apology for Poetry, and his path-breaking sonnet sequesnce, Astrophil and Stella. The introduction provides biographical and historical contexts for reading Sidney's works, and to help students explore how the Apology arises from and intervenes in the "Quarrel over Poetry," this volume provides substantial excerpts from such texts as Plato's Republic, Scaliger's Poetics, Gosson's The School of Abuse, and Richard Willes's A Disputation Concerning Poetry (the first extended discussion of poetry published in England.) This edition also includes excerpts from Siden'ys letters to his friend, Sir Edward Denny, and to his brother, Robert. All the texts are newly edited, annotated, and modernized.
About the Editor
Peter C. Herman is the author of Squitter-wits and Muse-haters: Sidney, Spenser, Milton, and Renaissance Antipoetic Sentiment as well as the editor of Rethinking the Henrician Era: Essays on Early Tudor Texts and Contexts, Opening the Borders: Inclusivitiy in Early Modern tudies, Essays in Honor of James V. Mirollo, and Day Late, Dollar Short: The Next Generation and the New Academy. In addition, he has published essays on Milton, early English historiography, Spenser, and Renaissance Drama in such journals as Studies in English Literature, Examplaria, Criticism, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and the Journal of Medieval and Earlyu Modern Studies. He is Professor of English at San Diego State Universtiy.
Table of Contents
An Apology for Poetry
Astrophil and Stella
From Sidney’s Letters
The Quarrel over Poetry: Selected Attacks and Defenses

Plato, from the Republic and the Laws
Boccaccio, from Genealogy of the Gentile Gods, Book 14
Juan Luis Vives, Truth Dressed Up, or of Poetic License: To What Extent Poets May be Permitted to Vary from the Truth
Sir Thomas Elyot, The Defense of Good Women
Julius Caesar Scaliger, from Poetics
Richard Willes, from A Disputation Concerning Poetry
Theodore Beza, “A Sportful Comparison between Poets and Papists,” from Flowers of Epigrams
Theodore Beza, from Abraham's Sacrifice)
Stephen Gosson, The School of Abuse
Edmund Spenser, from Spenser and Gabriel Harvey, from Two Other Very Commendable Letters of the Same Men’s Writing: Both Touching the Foresaid Artificial Versifying
George Puttenham, from The Art of English Poesy
Suggestions for Further Reading