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Gabriel Harvey's Choleric Writing

Jennifer Richards

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199205882
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199205882.013.0040

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Gabriel Harvey's Choleric Writing

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This article asserts Gabriel Harvey's centrality to Elizabethan literary culture. One part of Harvey's writing has become well known again: his activity as a professional reader, or ‘facilitator’, thanks to the evidence of his marginalia found throughout his large and diverse library, a good part of which survives. These fragments of writing have attracted much attention in the last two decades; his vernacular literary writings have not. Harvey wrote poems in Latin eulogizing potential aristocratic patrons, letters about vernacular poetry which include examples of his own experiments with classical verse forms, semi-autobiographical prose fiction, lectures on rhetoric, and satirical pamphlets. Most of these forms are only of specialist interest, with the partial exception of the last. Unfortunately, even this promising choice had disastrous consequences for Harvey's reputation.

Keywords: Elizabethan literary culture; poems; prose fiction; satirical writing; Gabriel Harvey

Article.  7926 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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