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date: 17 October 2019

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This article asserts Gabriel Harvey's centrality to Elizabethan literary culture. One part of Harvey's writing has become well known again: his activity as a professional reader, or ‘facilitator’, thanks to the evidence of his marginalia found throughout his large and diverse library, a good part of which survives. These fragments of writing have attracted much attention in the last two decades; his vernacular literary writings have not. Harvey wrote poems in Latin eulogizing potential aristocratic patrons, letters about vernacular poetry which include examples of his own experiments with classical verse forms, semi-autobiographical prose fiction, lectures on rhetoric, and satirical pamphlets. Most of these forms are only of specialist interest, with the partial exception of the last. Unfortunately, even this promising choice had disastrous consequences for Harvey's reputation.

Keywords: Elizabethan literary culture, poems, prose fiction, satirical writing, Gabriel Harvey

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