Tottel’s Miscellany is a foundational book in the history of English poetry. Its publication in 1557 established a tradition of anthologising English lyric poetry in print which was consolidated by the printed poetry miscellanies that appeared in its wake. These collections, published from the mid-sixteenth into the seventeenth centuries, are crucial to establishing a vernacular lyric tradition in England and provide unique insights into how books of poetry were made and used during this formative period of literary history. They are a particularly rich source for exploring key questions in literary studies, from how books were produced and consumed to the transmission of lyric verse and developments in poetics. This edition includes seven of these miscellanies: Tottel’s Miscellany (1557-87), Paradise of Dainty Devises (1576-1606), Gorgeous Gallery of Gallant Inventions (1578), Handful of Pleasant Delights (1584), Phoenix Nest (1593), England’s Helicon (1600, 1614), and Poetical Rhapsody (1602-21). Together, these volumes provide an overview of nearly one hundred years of English poetical culture in print.
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