Plutarch in English, 1528–1603
Volume 1: Essays

Edited by Fred Schurink

Tudor and Stuart Translations 2/1 of 2

Modern Humanities Research Association

18 December 2020

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This is volume 1 of 2. See also volume 2 here.


Plutarch was one of the most popular classical authors in Renaissance England. These volumes present nine Tudor and Stuart translations from his Essays and Lives with a General Introduction locating these works in the context of Plutarch’s wider influence in early modern England. They offer selections from two of the classics of English Renaissance translation, North’s Lives (1579) and Holland’s Morals (1603): the essays ‘On Reading the Poets’ and ‘Talkativeness’ and the Lives of Demosthenes and Cicero and Caesar. They also include editions of a number of less well-known but equally significant translations of individual Essays and Lives, one available in manuscript alone until now and several not reprinted since the sixteenth century: Thomas Wyatt’s The Quiet of Mind (1528), Thomas Elyot’s The Education or Bringing up of Children (1528-30), Thomas Blundeville’s The Learned Prince (1561), and Henry Parker, Lord Morley’s The Story of Paullus Aemilius (1542-46/7). Detailed annotations trace how translators drew on, and departed from, Greek, Latin, and French editions of Plutarch while introductions to each of the works examine their impact on English Renaissance literature and culture. By presenting a wide range of translations from the Essays and Lives, the volumes bring to light the variety of translation practices and the different social, political, cultural contexts in which Plutarch was read and translated in Tudor and Stuart England.

Fred Schurink's edition Plutarch in English, 1528–1603 is divided into two volumes, for the Essays and the Lives respectively.

Reviews:

  • ‘The really significant contribution to scholarship is Schurink’s General Introduction. Here we see his command of the subject, and can trace the logic and the evidence that results in the inescapable conclusion that we really should take Plutarch more seriously... there is much about these two volumes that makes them important material for anyone seeking to understand English literature in the sixteenth and, indeed, the seventeenth centuries.’ — Freyja Cox Jensen, Translation and Literature 30, 2021, 384-390 (full text online)

Contents:

viii-viii

Acknowledgements
Fred Schurink
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.4

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ix-x

Abbreviations and References
Fred Schurink
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.5

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1-94

General Introduction
Fred Schurink
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.6

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95-99

English and Scottish Translations of Plutarch, 1500–1660
Fred Schurink
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.7

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100-101

Further Reading
Fred Schurink
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.8

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102-106

Editorial Principles
Fred Schurink
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.9

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107-154

The Quiet of Mind (1528)
Thomas Wyatt
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.10

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155-204

The Education Or Bringing Up Of Children (1528–1530)
Thomas Elyot
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.11

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205-238

The Learned Prince (1561)
Thomas Blundeville
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.12

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239-330

‘How A Young Man Ought To Hear Poets And How He May Take Profit By Reading Poems’ From The Morals (1603)
Philemon Holland
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.13

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331-376

‘Of Intemperate Speech Or Garrulity’ From The Morals (1603)
Philemon Holland
doi:10.2307/j.ctv1b3qqph.14

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Bibliography entry:

Schurink, Fred (ed.), Plutarch in English, 1528–1603: Volume 1: Essays, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 2 (MHRA, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Plutarch in English, 1528–1603: Volume 1: Essays, ed. by Fred Schurink, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 2 (MHRA, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Schurink, p. 47.

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Schurink, Fred (ed.). 2020. Plutarch in English, 1528–1603: Volume 1: Essays, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 2 (MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Schurink 2020: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Schurink 2020: 21.

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