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Elizabethan Fictions: Espionage, Counter-espionage, and the Duplicity of Fiction in Early Elizabethan Prose Narratives

R. W. Maslen


This book argues that English writers of prose fiction from the 1550s to the 1570s produced some of the most daringly innovative publications of the sixteenth century. Through close examination of a number of key texts, from William Baldwin's satirical fable Beware the Cat, to George Gascoigne's mock-romance The Adventures of Master F.J. and John Lyly's immensely popular Euphues books, he sets out to demonstrate the courage as well as the considerable skills which these undervalued authors brought to their work. They wrote at a time when the Elizabethan censorship system was growing increasing ... More

Keywords: William Baldwin, satirical fable, Beware the Cat, George Gascoigne, mock-romance, John Lyly, Elizabethan censorship, duplicity, informers, spies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198119913
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. W. Maslen, author
University of Glasgow