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Brown examines three manuscript miscellanies to map out connections relating to recusant networks and the activities of the Jesuit missioner William Smith, vere Southerne, and extend earlier work about Catholic networks.
We will only achieve a better understanding of medieval manuscript miscellanies as a whole by finding out more about individual miscellanies, and the studies gathered here are valuable additions to existing knowledge; the focus on religious miscellanies is particularly welcome.
The miscellany does not appear in Adam Smyth's excellent 'Profit and Delight': Printed Miscellanies in England, 1640-1682 (Detroit, 2004), nor in his online 'Index of Poetry in Printed Miscellanies, 1640-1682', which (due to changing URLs) is best accessed via Adam Smyth's article for EMLS, 'An Online Index of Poetry in Printed Miscellanies, 1640-1682', Early Modern Literary Studies 8.
And he has not analyzed all the texts that one finds in the miscellanies.
Research for his previous miscellanies was conducted mainly in the British Library, but Ben did most of his investigations for the almanac on the internet.
To secure for this suspect figure a viable and valuable public role, D'Israeli thus had to negotiate tricky rhetorical ground, and he did so by deploying the ritualized rivalry of letters and learning ("The Miscellanists satirise the Pedants, and the Pedants abuse the Miscellanists," Miscellanies, or Literary Recreations 3) to generate a hybrid figure straddling both spheres.
This model produced a proliferation of printed miscellanies of verse in the early Elizabethan period, both single-author collections and anthologies, in which male courtly behaviour is defined in terms of the potentially contradictory ideals of elegant amorousness and well-framed virtue.
Elizabeth Heale draws on recent scholarship of manuscript and print cultures to argue persuasively that authored miscellanies of the mid-sixteenth century "constructed a new kind of autobiog raphical voice, telling a new and significantly different narrative of social aspiration and threatening failure" (66).
In the 1680s Aphra Behn published widely in many genres, including fiction, poetry, and drama; she also edited Miscellany (1685) and Lycidus (1688), two miscellanies which included poetry and poetic translations by a number of contributors.
Volume 11 on the Typological Writings would doubtless be the most relevant, but these themes should appear also in Volume 13, covering through Number 500 of his Miscellanies.
These central chapters are preceded by three introductory chapters which rightly stress the importance of verse miscellanies in the transmission of seventeenth-century verse and give a brief historical account of earlier (sixteenth-century) verse collections in manuscript, with some general account of the contents of the manuscripts and of the printed collections that sometimes derive from them.
These and other works written under such pseudonyms as Fitz-Boodle, The Fat Contributor, and Ikey Solomons, were published in the four-volume collection Miscellanies (1855-57).