David, Donne, and Thirsty Deer

Selected Essays of Anne Lake Prescott

By Anne Lake Prescott

Edited by Roger Kuin and William A. Oram

David, Donne, and Thirsty Deer
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  • ISBN: 9781526179388
  • Publish Date: May 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7938-8
    • Pages: 352
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: May 2024
    • Series: The Manchester Spenser


    For nearly half a century Anne Lake Prescott has been a force and an inspiration in Renaissance studies. A force, because of her unique blend of learning and wit and an inspiration through her tireless encouragement of younger scholars and students. Her passion has always been the invisible bridge across the Channel: the complex of relations, literary and political, between Britain and France. The essays in this long-awaited collection range from Edmund Spenser to John Donne, from Clément Marot to Pierre de Ronsard. Prescott has a particular fondness for King David, who appears several times; and the reader will encounter chessmen, bishops, male lesbian voices and Roman whores. Always Prescott's immense erudition is accompanied by a sly and gentle wit that invites readers to share her amusement. Reading her is a joyful education.


    Poetic fire: an introduction by Ayesha Ramachandran, Susan Felch, and Susannah Monta

    Part I: Spenser
    1 Spenser's chivalric restoration: from Bateman's Travayled Pylgrime to the Redcrosse Knight
    2 Foreign policy in Fairyland: Henry IV and Spenser's Burbon
    3 The thirsty deer and the Lord of Life: some contexts for Amoretti 67-70

    Part II: The Psalms and the psalmist
    4 Evil tongues at the court of Saul: the Renaissance David as a slandered courtier
    5 Musical strains: Marot's double role as psalmist and courtier
    6 King David as a 'right poet': Sidney and the psalmist
    7 The countess of Pembroke's Ruins of Rome

    Part III: Imagining gender
    8 Male lesbian voices: Ronsard, Tyard, and Donne play Sappho
    9 Family grief: mourning and gender in Marguerite de Navarre's Les Prisons

    Part IV: Italy, France, England
    10 Translatio lupae: Du Bellay's Roman whore goes north
    11 Housing chessmen and bagging bishops: space and desire in Colonna, 'Rabelais', and Middleton's Game at Chess
    12 Imperfect pearls from France: Ronsard's conceits meet Donne's
    Anne Lake Prescott and Roger Kuin

    Afterword: Anne as co-author and editor
    The joy of partnership
    Roger Kuin
    Anne as editor: a small florilegium
    William Oram

    Bibliography of works by Anne Lake Prescott

    Editors and Author

    Anne Lake Prescott is a Professor Emeritus at Barnard College

    William A. Oram is a Professor Emeritus at Smith College

    Roger Kuin is a Professor Emeritus at York University

    David, Donne, and Thirsty Deer

    By Anne Lake Prescott

    Edited by Roger Kuin, William A. Oram

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