The Spenser Encyclopedia


858 pages
Contains Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-8020-7923-7
DDC 821'.3




Edited by Albert C. Hamilton

Ian Burns Maclennan is an assistant professor of theatre arts at
Thorneloe College, Laurentian University.


This is the paperback edition of a book originally published in 1990.
There have been no changes to that hardback edition, which was described
by one reviewer at the time as “monumental,” “well conceived,”
and “superior.” Indeed, the scope of the work is impressive, and
each article contained in it is the result of an extensive peer review
and editing process.

The purpose of the encyclopedia, in the words of the general editor, is
to offer “essential scholarship for critics writing on Spenser, to
provide an authoritative source of information for teachers in English
studies, and to give students and general readers a comprehensive
reference book about Spenser.” Intended for readers who are at least
at the academic level of “an intelligent senior undergraduate,” The
Spenser Encyclopedia is a valuable resource for those with an interest
in Spenser in particular and in English Renaissance literature in


“The Spenser Encyclopedia,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 14, 2024,