Literary Politics: The Publication of Love’s Martyr

  • James P. Bednarz
Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)


What political pressures as well as professional and literary opportunities inspired Shakespeare to compose ‘The Phoenix and Turtle’ for publication in the Poetical Essays of Love’s Martyr? Although this question cannot be answered with certainty, four interdependent explanations suggest why on this occasion he made an exception to his rule of avoiding such print projects after 1594. Yet the plural motives that impelled him to participate in this joint venture are further complicated by being intertwined with those of his collaborators. And at the centre of this network of political and literary associations stood Ben Jonson, whose connections with Salusbury and Shakespeare provide the strongest evidence of how ‘The Phoenix and Turtle’ became part of this prestigious collection.


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  • James P. Bednarz
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  1. 1.Long Island UniversityUSA

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