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'[T]here presented him selfe a [...] clownishe younge man': Rethinking Spenser’s Youth
by Willy Maley

In what is arguably the most important contribution to Spenser studies since Andrew Hadfield’s landmark biography, Jean Brink has rendered a superb service to the field, filling in blanks in the poet’s life and opening up fresh lines of inquiry for future scholars. Brink’s account of the 1560s and 1570s is exemplary in its scholarly scrupulousness. A sustained analysis of Spenser’s schooldays and undergraduate experiences, a meticulous reading of The Shepheardes Calender and a firm putting of Gabriel Harvey in his proper, if less witty and familiar place are just some of the highlights of this splendid monograph. It is a work that is sure to be of lasting impact. Read more…


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Willy Maley, "'[T]here presented him selfe a [...] clownishe younge man': Rethinking Spenser’s Youth," Spenser Review (Spring-Summer 2020). Accessed April 17th, 2024.
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