Spenser's Patrons and Publishers

Wayne Erickson

in The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227365
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Spenser's Patrons and Publishers

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This article examines the production of Edmund Spenser's books, that is, the biographical and cultural conditions that led to their being written and, more centrally, the collaborative enterprise among the poet, his patrons, and members of the Stationers' Company that led to the books' being printed and distributed. Spenser wrote, of course, because he was a poet, but he accomplished the writing because he had jobs that afforded him the time and security to do so and, in part, because he had the support and encouragement of friends and patrons.

Keywords: book publication; printing; patronage; Stationers' Company

Article.  9557 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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