This collection of essays by scholars from Great Britain, the United States, Canada and Taiwan covers a wide range of topics about Ralegh's diversified career and achievements. Some of the essays shed light on less familiar facets such as Ralegh as a father and as he is represented in paintings, statues, and in movies; others re-examine him as poet, historian, as a controversial figure in Ireland during Elizabeth's reign, and look at his complex relationship with and patronage of Edmund Spenser. A recurrent topic is the Hatfield Manuscript in Ralegh's handwriting, which contains his long, unfinished poem 'The Ocean to Cynthia', usually considered a lament about his rejection by Queen Elizabeth after she learned of his secret marriage to one of her ladies-in-waiting.
The book is appropriate for students of Elizabethan-Jacobean history and literature.
Among the contributors are well-known scholars of Ralegh and his era, including James Nohrenberg, Anna Beer, Thomas Herron, Alden Vaughan and Andrew Hiscock. -- .
Christopher M. Armitage is Professor of Distinguished Teaching in the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- .
Introduction: Of letters and the man: Sir Walter Ralegh - Christopher M. Armitage, Thomas Herron and Julian Lethbridge 1. Ralegh in ruins, Ralegh on the rocks: Sir Wa'ter's two books of mutabilitie and their subject's allegorical presence in select Spenserean narratives and complaints - James Nohrnberg 2. Spenser and Ralegh: friendship and literary patronage - Wayne Erickson 3. Love's 'emperye': Ralegh's 'Ocean to Scinthia', Spenser's 'Colin Clouts Come Home Againe' and The Faerie Queene IV.vii in colonial context - Thomas Herron 4. 'Bellphebes course is now observde no more': Ralegh, Spenser and the literary politics of Cynthia holograph - Anna Beer 5. Replying to Ralegh's "The Nymph's Reply": allusion, anti-pastoral, and four centuries of pastoral invitations - Hannibal Hamlin 6. "Moving on the Waters": metaphor and mental space in Ralegh's History of the World - Michael Booth 7. Water Ralegh's liquid narrative: The Discoverie of Guiana - Lowell Duckert 8. Ralegh, Harriot, and Anglo-American ethnography - Alden T. Vaughan 9. 'most fond and fruitlesse warre': Ralegh and the call to arms - Andrew Hiscock 10. Ralegh's "As You Came from the Holy Land" and the rival virgin queens of late sixteenth-century England - Gary Waller 11. Patrilineal Ralegh - Judith Owens 12. Ralegh's image in art - Dr. Vivienne Westbrook 13. Where's Walter? The screen incarnations of Sir Walter Ralegh - Susan Anderson Sir Walter Ralegh bibliography (1986-2010) - Christopher M. Armitage Index -- .