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date: 24 October 2018

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This article examines the production of Edmund Spenser's books, that is, the biographical and cultural conditions that led to their being written and, more centrally, the collaborative enterprise among the poet, his patrons, and members of the Stationers' Company that led to the books' being printed and distributed. Spenser wrote, of course, because he was a poet, but he accomplished the writing because he had jobs that afforded him the time and security to do so and, in part, because he had the support and encouragement of friends and patrons.

Keywords: book publication, printing, patronage, Stationers' Company

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