Renaissance literature, authors and poets

 

Renaissance literature, Renaissance authors and poets: a list of websites

Renaissance-Literatur; Littérature de la Renaissance; Letteratura rinascimentale; Literatura del Renacimiento

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Botticelli’s Vision
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

C

Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance 

E

Elizabethan drama web directory. 
The Open Directory Project

The English Renaissance, 
Wikipedia entry.

F

French Renaissance, Early Modern Literature.
Indexed under author and anonymous poem.

I

Italian Renaissance, 
Wikipedia entry.

New Scholarship from Old Renaissance Dictionaries

R

Renaissance Forum
An Electronic Journal of Early-Modern Literary and Historical Studies

Renaissance literature, Wikipedia entry.

S

Sixteenth Century English Renaissance literature internet resources. 
Luminarium

T

Theatre. Renaissance theatre and dramatists.
The Open Directory Project.

Renaissance writers, playwrights

Boccaccio, Giovanni

Boccaccio, Giovanni. Giovanni Boccaccio,
Wikipedia entry.
Giovanni Boccaccio. 
Decameron Web, A growing hypermedia archive of materials dedicated to The Decameron.
Giovanni Boccaccio. 
Italian websites. Open Directory Project
Giovanni Boccaccio.  The Decameron, 
Project Gutenberg etexts.

Bacon, Sir Francis

Bacon, Sir Francis. Sir Francis Bacon
Texts, bibliographies.
Sir Francis Bacon
Life, works quotes, background, essays.Luminarium

Castiglione, Baldassare

Castiglione, Baldassare. Baldassare Castiglione,
Wikipedia entry.

Cervantes, Miguel de

Cervantes, Miguel de. Miguel de  Cervantes, 
Wikipedia entry.
Miguel de Cervantes
The History of Don Quixote. Project Gutenberg etext.

Kydd, Thomas

Kydd, Thomas. Thomas Kydd etexts.

Machiavelli, Niccolo

Machiavelli, Niccolò. Niccolò Machiavelli
Wikipedia entry.
Niccolo Machiavelli. The Prince
Project Gutenberg

Marlowe, Christopher

Marlowe, Christopher. Christopher Marlowe
Etexts from Bartleby.com.
Christopher Marlowe
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.
Chrisopher Marlowe
Essays, biographies. Websites at The Open Directory Project
Christopher Marlowe
The complete works. The Perseus Project
Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe.

Middleton, Thomas

Middleton, Thomas. Thomas Middleton
Works, life, essays, books.
Thomas Middleton
The plays of Thomas Middleton.
Thomas Middleton
Wikipedia entry.

Molière,  Jean-Baptiste Poquelin

Molière,  Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Jean-Baptiset Poquelin
A directory of plays and web pages. Open Directory Project
Moliere
An introduction.

Montaigne, Michel de

Montaigne
Introduction in French.
Montaigne
Wikipedia entry.
Montaigne
Introduction and background.
Montaigne Studies,
an interdisciplinary forum.
Works by Michel de Montaigne. Project Gutenberg
Essays by Montaigne
at Quotidiana.org
The Montaigne Medal

Montaigne’s essays:

Project Gutenberg
HTML version

More, Sir Thomas

More, Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas More
Directory of Sir Thomas More webpages.
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More.

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…
Gargantua
(in French)
Rabelais Biography, Bibliography, Analysis
(in French)
A Dutch website about Rabelais
Rabelais et la Renaissance, sur le Portail de la Renaissance française.
François Rabelais
Wikipedia entry.
Pantagruel

Ronsard, Pierre de

Ronsard, Pierre de. Pierre de Ronsard
Wikipedia entry.
Pierre de Ronsard. Sonnets
Pierre de Ronsard
Liste de ouevres de Ronsard.

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
Poem Hunter
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.

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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
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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.
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