- Renaissance writers, playwrights
- Boccaccio, Giovanni
- Bacon, Sir Francis
- Castiglione, Baldassare
- Cervantes, Miguel de
- Kydd, Thomas
- Machiavelli, Niccolo
- Marlowe, Christopher
- Middleton, Thomas
- Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
- Montaigne, Michel de
- More, Sir Thomas
- Rabelais, François
- Ronsard, Pierre de
- Shakespeare, William
- Sidney, Sir Philip
Renaissance literature, Renaissance authors and poets: a list of websites
Renaissance-Literatur; Littérature de la Renaissance; Letteratura rinascimentale; Literatura del Renacimiento
Essays and extracts from Mediaeval and Renaissance literature, plus a gallery of art and other images from the period. By Donald Williams.
British Renaissance drama, a web directory.
The Open Directory Project
Elizabethan drama web directory.
The Open Directory Project
The English Renaissance,
French Renaissance, Early Modern Literature.
Indexed under author and anonymous poem.
An Electronic Journal of Early-Modern Literary and Historical Studies
Theatre. Renaissance theatre and dramatists.
The Open Directory Project.
Renaissance writers, playwrights *
Boccaccio, Giovanni *
Boccaccio, Giovanni. Giovanni Boccaccio,
Decameron Web, A growing hypermedia archive of materials dedicated to The Decameron.
Italian websites. Open Directory Project
Giovanni Boccaccio. The Decameron,
Project Gutenberg etexts.
Bacon, Sir Francis *
Castiglione, Baldassare *
Castiglione, Baldassare. Baldassare Castiglione,
Cervantes, Miguel de *
Kydd, Thomas *
Machiavelli, Niccolo *
Marlowe, Christopher *
Marlowe, Christopher. Christopher Marlowe
Etexts from Bartleby.com.
Research, including a detailed, easy-to-read profile on Marlowe, a comprehensive timeline, and descriptions of his known associates. There is also a collection of primary documents that relate to his controversial death. A site by Mathew G. Scarsbrook.
Essays, biographies. Websites at The Open Directory Project
The complete works. The Perseus Project
Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe.
Middleton, Thomas *
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin *
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Jean-Baptiset Poquelin
A directory of plays and web pages. Open Directory Project
Montaigne, Michel de *
Introduction in French.
Introduction and background.
an interdisciplinary forum.
Works by Michel de Montaigne. Project Gutenberg
Essays by Montaigne
The Montaigne Medal
More, Sir Thomas *
Rabelais, François *
Francois Rabelais: free books online.
Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel, by Francois Rabelais. Translated into English by Sir Thomas Urquhart…
Rabelais Biography, Bibliography, Analysis
A Dutch website about Rabelais
Rabelais et la Renaissance, sur le Portail de la Renaissance française.
Ronsard, Pierre de *
Shakespeare, William *
The William Shakespeare page.
Shakespeare, William. William Shakespeare website directory.
The Open Directory Project.
Sidney, Sir Philip *
Sidney, Sir Philip Sidney. Sir Philip Sidney
Works, texts, biography, quotes, background. Luminarium
Sir Philip Sidney: Poems
An index of poems by Sir Philip Sidney. Poetry Archive
Sir Philip Sidney. All poems of Sir Philip Sidney
Sir Philip Sidney. Astrophil and Stella
The years from the accession of Henry VIII to the crisis of the English republic in 1659 were one of the most fertile epochs in world literature, and this anthology offers a generous selection of its poetry.
Arranged thematically, it is the first anthology fully to bring out the relationship between the period's poetry and politics, and to explore the growth of innovative humanist ideas and forms. It devotes generous space to women poets, is equally distinctive in its emphasis on popular literature and draws renewed attention to international influences on early modern British culture. With presentation kept as true as possible to the Renaissance originals, the texts have been freshly edited; while David Norbrook's Preface and Introduction illuminate some of the most controversial issues surrounding the Renaissance. A valuable range of appendices helps to make this a landmark text for the poetry and poetics of the period.
Out of the intellectual ferment of the English Renaissance came a number of outstanding critical works that sought to define and defend the role of literature in society and to comment on the craft of writing. Foremost among these is Sir Philip Sidney’s “The Defence of Poesy,” an eloquent argument for fiction as a means of inspiring its readers to virtuous action. George Puttenham’s “The Art of English Poesy” is an entertaining examination of poetry, verse form, and rhetoric, while Samuel Daniel’s “A Defence of Rhyme” considers the practice of versification and praises the English literary tradition. Along with pieces by such writers as Sir John Harrington, Francis Bacon, and Ben Jonson, these works reveal the emergence of key critical ideas and approaches, and celebrate the possibilities of the English language.
- Includes introduction, chronology, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes
Machiavelli's highly influential treatise on political power
The Prince shocked Europe on publication with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. Niccoló Machiavelli drew on his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideal but with a regime that would last, The Prince has become the bible of realpolitik, and it still retains its power to alarm and to instruct. In this edition, Machiavelli's tough-minded and pragmatic Italian is preserved in George Bull's clear, unambiguous translation.
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.