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Born in 1552 / Died in January 16, 1599 / United Kingdom / English


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  • The Shepheardes Calender Conteyning Twelue Æglogues Proportionable to the Twelue Monethes. Entitled to the Noble and Vertvous Gentleman Most Worthy of All Titles Both of Learning and Cheualrie M. Philip Sidney (London: Printed by Hugh Singleton, 1579).
  • Three Proper and Wittie Familiar Letters: Lately Passed between Two Vniversity Men: Touching the Earthquake in April Last, and Our English Refourmed Versifying and Two Other Very Commendable Letters of the Same Mens Writing: Both Touching the Foresaid Artificial Versifying, and certain Other Particulars (London: H. Bynneman, 1580).
  • The Faerie Qveene. Disposed into Twelue Books, Fashioning XII. Morall vertues (London: Printed for William Ponsonby, 1590)--contains Books I-III.
  • Complaints. Containing Sundrie Small Poemes of the Worlds Vanitie.... By Ed. Sp. (London: Imprinted for William Ponsonby, 1591)--includes The Rvines of Time, The Teares of the Mvses, Virgils Gnat, Prosopopoia: or Mother Hubberds Tale, Rvines of Rome: by Bellay, Mvoipotmos: or The Fate of the Bvtterflie, Visions of the Worlds Vanitie, The Visions of Bellay, and The Visions of Petrarch.
  • Daphnaïda. An Elegie vpon the Death of the Noble and Vertuous Douglas Howard, Daughter and Heire of Henry Lord Howard, Viscount Byndon, and Wife of Arthure Gorges Esquier. Dedicated to the Right Honorable the Lady Helena, Marquesse of Northampton. By Ed. Sp. (London: Printed for William Ponsonby, 1591).
  • Colin Clovts Come Home Againe. By Ed. Sp. (London: Printed for William Ponsonby, 1595)--includes Astrophell. A Pastorall Elegie vpon the Death of the Most Noble and Valorovs Knight, Sir Philip Sidney.
  • Amoretti and Epithalamion. Written not long since by Edmunde Spenser (London: Printed for William Ponsonby, 1595).
  • The Faerie Qveene. Disposed into Twelue Bookes, Fashioning XII. Morall Vertues [Books I-VI, with revised ending to III] (London: Printed for William Ponsonby, 1596).
  • Fowre Hymnes, Made by Edm. Spenser (London: Printed for William Ponsonby, 1596).
  • Prothalamion Or A Spousall Verse Made by Edm. Spenser. In Honovr of the Double Mariage of the Two Honorable & vertuous Ladies, the Ladie Elizabeth and the Ladie Katherine Somerset, Daughters to the Right Honourable the Earle of Worcester and Espoused to the Two Worthie Gentlemen M. Henry Gilford, and M. William Peter Esquyers (London: Printed for William Ponsonby, 1596).
  • The Faerie Queene, Disposed into XII. Bookes, Fashioning Twelue Morall Vertues, 2 volumes [Books I-VI and Two Cantos of Mutabilitie from Book VII](London: Printed by H[enry] L[ownes] for Mathew Lownes, 1609-1613).
  • A Vewe of the Present State of Ireland, in The Historie of Ireland, Collected by Three Learned Authors, viz. Meredith Hanmer ... Edmund Campion ... and Edmund Spenser, Esq., edited by Sir James Ware (Dublin: Printed by the Society of Stationers, 1633).
Editions and Collections
  • Spenser's "Faerie Queene," 2 volumes, edited by J. C. Smith (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909).
  • Spenser's Minor Poems, edited by Ernest de Selincourt (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910).
  • Spenser: Poetical Works, edited by Smith and de Selincourt (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1912).
  • The Works of Edmund Spenser: A Variorum Edition, 11 volumes, edited by Edwin Greenlaw, Charles Grosvenor Osgood, Frederick Morgan Padelford, and Ray Heffner (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1932-1957).
  • Books I and II of the Faerie Queene, The Mutability Cantos, and Selections from The Minor Poetry, edited by Robert Kellogg and Oliver Steele (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1965).
  • The Mutabilitie Cantos, edited by S. P. Zitner (London: Nelson, 1968).
  • "The Faerie Queene" (1596), 2 volumes, edited by Graham Hough (Menston, Yorkshire: Scolar, 1976).
  • The Faerie Queene, edited by A. C. Hamilton (London & New York: Longmans, 1977).
  • The Faerie Queene, edited by Thomas P. Roche Jr. (Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1978).
  • Edmund Spenser: The Illustrated "Faerie Queene": A Modern Prose Adaptation, edited by Douglas Hill (New York: Newsweek, 1980).
  • The Yale Edition of the Shorter Poems of Edmund Spenser, edited by William A. Oram, Elinar Bjorvand, Ronald Bond, Thomas H. Cain, Alexander Dunlop, and Richard Schell (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1989).
  • Edmund Spenser's Poetry, third edition, Norton Critical Edition Series, edited by Hugh Maclean and Anne Lake Prescott (New York: Norton, 1993).
  • "The Visions of Bellay" and "The Visions of Petrarch" in A Theatre wherein Be Represented as Wel the Miseries & Calamities That Follow the Voluptuous Worldlings, As Also the Greate Ioyes and Plesures Which the Faithfull Do Enioy.... Deuised by S. Iohn van-der Noodt (London: Imprinted by Henry Bynneman, 1569).

More than a hundred autograph items by Edmund Spenser survive. Unfortunately, however, none are of his literary or political works. The majority are official letters and documents that he prepared as secretary to Arthur, Lord Grey, and later to Sir John Norris in Ireland, and the rest are addresses, endorsements, receipts, and legal documents relating to his landholdings and other matters. The only literary items are his transcriptions of two Latin poems by Lotichius and a Latin letter on poetry by Erhardus Stibarus. Most of his papers are among the State Papers Ireland in the Public Record Office, the Additional and Cotton Manuscripts in the British Library, and the Cecil Papers at Hatfield House. A complete listing may be found in Anthony G. Petti's article on Spenser's handwriting in The Spenser Encyclopedia.