Editions

Since 1590 there have been a few editions of The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. Not all of them are still available, even in the really old used bookstores. I found three editions in my library so I thought it would be beneficial to create a list of editions and update it when a reader indicates they have yet-another-edition. Here is the list to date:

  • The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser (Longman, 2007)
  • The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser (Penguin, 1987)
  • The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser (Routledge, 1893).
Project Gutenberg also maintains plain text editions of parts of The Faerie Queene and has editions available for download that are formatted for compatibility with most of the newer digital reading devices such as the iPad and the Nook. I have my copy of TFQ ready on my iPod for those awkward moments in the doctor’s office when I need something to occupy my mind. Like many English majors back in the wild and wooly days of the sixties, I first read selections from TFQ in the venerable Norton Anthology. The one thing I remember about that experience was that the paper was so thin you could see the words printed on the opposite side of the page, which made reading very difficult and I am sure contributed heavily to my requiring reading glasses in short order.

2 responses

  1. For the thrifty, Project Gutenberg has a free ebook version in various formats.

    On a trip to Chicago recently I acquired “The Spenser Encyclopedia” 1990 University of Toronto Press-a useful reference work.

    • Not just for the Spenser but for so many books that are in the public domain, Project Gutenberg is a wonderful source. We recently just finished reading the entire Comédie Humaine and without PG so many of the texts would be unavailable or hugely expensive. Now that PH offers their texts in EPUB format, I have at least a hundred loaded on my iPad. It’s a great source for 19th century literature.

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