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The Faery Queen. Edited from the best editions, with memoir, notes, and glossary

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ISBN-13: 978-1178614312
ISBN-10: 117861431X
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (August 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 117861431X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1178614312
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,449,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers coming to "The Faerie Queene" for the first time, to say nothing of those who have made one valiant effort after another to make any headway with it (and, boy, have I been there!), often seek in vain for a complete modern-spelling edition of the poem. This version, from the old Chandos Classics series, is the only such edition I know of--and, though "modern" spelling in this case means British spelling of the later nineteenth century, it will still be vastly easier for most new readers to cope with than the sixteenth-century spelling of most editions. (Punctuation, too, is updated to what one might encounter in a Dickens novel.) Shakespeare, Donne, and Spenser's other contemporaries are almost always read in such modernized editions, and "The Faerie Queene," too, seems a good deal less unnecessarily and intractably alien when the artificial barriers of obsolete spelling and punctuation are set aside. (Old-spelling editions do of course shed valuable light for those embarking on more advanced studies, but that is true for Donne and Shakespeare, too.)

And yet ... I only bothered to review this title after seeing that Nabu Press had brought it back into print, but legibility in their print-on-demand version, while variable, often presents as much of a barrier to easy reading as sixteenth-century spelling ever could; it really cannot be recommended. The same is true of the University of Toronto Libraries' print-on-demand version. Opt instead for one of the original nineteenth-century printings (sometimes found on Amazon under the listing "The Faery Queen (Chandos Classics)." Or, among print-on-demand options, a much better choice would be the University of Michigan's edition of the slightly condensed version by D. Laing Purves.
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