An Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction Paperback
Edited by Dr Paul Salzman
Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
These five works - George Gascoigne's The Adventures of Master F.
J; John Lyly's Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit; Robert Greene's Pandosto.
The Triumph of Time; Thomas Nashe's The Unfortunate Traveller and Thomas Deloney's Jack of Newbury - represent Elizabethan fiction at its best.
The Adventures of Master F. J. is a comedy of manners with a sting in its tail. In Euphues John Lyly invented a new, elaborate rhetorical style which delighted its Elizabethan audience and has been praised or parodied ever since.
Pandosto was Shakespeare's source for The Winter's Tale, but Greene's is a darker story designed to shock the reader accustomed to romantic conventions.
The Unfortunate Traveller marks the peak of Nashe's gift for literary pastiche, mixing picaresque narrative with mock-historical fantasy.
Jack of Newbury dedicated to 'All famous cloth Workers in England', sums up important social contradictions in sharply observed comic scenes and brisk, witty dialogue.
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- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 13/11/2008
- Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
- ISBN: 9780199540570