From Script to Print
It took just over a decade to create the Sidney canon in print. Between his death in the autumn of 1586 and the publication of the folio collection of his works in 1598, a large part of his literary remains were transformed from what must have been a considerable body of manuscripts into a substantial but compact single volume. The key document for studying this process of turning Sidney's works from script to print is the letter which Fulke Greville wrote to Sidney's father-in-law, Sir Francis Walsingham, in November 1586. This is discussed in the first section of this chapter, along with the role of the Countess of Pembroke. The second section of the chapter examines the later prints of Sidney's, particularly the edition by William Posonby. What the Countess in 1598 had done by way of selecting Sidney's works and transferring them from handwritten copies to print established a canon.
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