Readership: Students and scholars of early modern English literature; students and scholars of French Renaissance literature.
William M. Hamlin, Professor of English, Washington State University
William M. Hamlin teaches English at Washington State University. Specialising in early modern literature, he has published widely on Shakespeare, Montaigne, Renaissance drama, and philosophical scepticism. His books include Tragedy and Scepticism in Shakespeare's England and The Image of America in Montaigne, Spenser, and Shakespeare, and he has been the recipient of research fellowships from the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the British Academy.
"Hamlin's astute assessment of the colorful, controversial John Florio adds another vital dimension to this rich contribution to the history of reading ... Highly recommended." - D. M. Moore, Choice Reviews
"Hamlin's carefully researched book is impressively alive to subtle shifts of register across languages, genres and bibliographical formats. He has uncovered significant amounts of new material, and the thought-provoking insights he makes on almost every page are sure to intertraffique with many early modern disciplines." - Daniel Starza Smith, Review of English Studies
Introduction: Edified by the Margin
Florio's Theatrical Montaigne
Sexuality and Censorship in the Essayes
On the Tyranny of 'Custome': Ideology and Appropriation
From an English Montaigne to The Dutch Courtesan: Common Customers
Montaignian Conscience and the Shakespearean God-Surrogate
Afterword: English Readership in the Wake of the Essayes
Appendix A: British Library, Egerton MS 2982, Folios 22r-29v
Appendix B: Folger Shakespeare Library, MS V.a.281, Folios 15r-34v
Appendix C: British Library, Sloane MS 2903, Folios 1r-12r
Appendix D: Census of Extant Seventeenth-Century Copies of Florio's Montaigne