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|Named Person:||Thomas (Politiker) Wilson|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Thomas Wilson; Peter E Medine
|Notes:||Originally published: London, 1560.|
|Description:||xiv, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Occasion and Composition. Wilson's Life. The Art of Rhetoric in Renaissance England. Classical Rhetoric and the Renaissance. Wilson's Art of Rhetoric. This Edition. Notes to the Introduction --
The Art of Rhetoric. Dedication to the Earl of Warwick. Prologue to the Reader. Preface. Verses by Walter Haddon. Verses by Thomas Wilson. The Art of Rhetoric. The Second Book. The Third Book --
Index of Rhetorical Terms.
|Responsibility:||Thomas Wilson ; edited with notes and commentary by Peter E. Medine.|
Seen in its historical context, Wilson's The Art of Rhetoric reveals a great deal about the education of such authors as Shakespeare, Spenser, Jonson, and Milton. Since it bears directly on what is basic to imaginative literature - the art of language - the Art encapsulates a literary context relevant to all those studying the English Renaissance, whether their approach is historicist, structuralist, deconstructionist, or new historicist. In addition, it will be of interest to students of rhetoric, education, and intellectual history, in general.
There have been four editions of the Art in the twentieth century: two facsimiles and two original-spelling texts, none of which is in print. Peter Madine's edition modernizes the spelling and punctuation of the text of the second edition, which Wilson revised and expanded in 1560, and furnishes a fully critical apparatus, including introduction, textual notes, commentary, and glossary. As such, this edition makes available a central work of the English Renaissance in an accessible format.