Authors: Philip Sidney


"Philip Sidney," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

K. Duncan-Jones, Sir Philip Sidney: courtier poet (1991)

The complete works of Sir Philip Sidney, ed. A. Feuillerat, 4 vols. (1912–26)

D. Kay, ed., Sir Philip Sidney: an anthology of modern criticism (1987)

[Newspaper article on "Astrophil & Stella." (The Guardian)]



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Philip Sidney, Knight of the Garter (1554-1586) was a prolific author and a courtier. All of his writing was circulated in manuscript form. His first printed work appeared in 1590.

He wrote New Arcadia (1590); A Defence of Poetry (also titled A Defence of Poesie, 1590); Astrophil and Stella (1591); and various poems. Sidney was immensely influential in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has been called "the most important English writer since Geoffrey Chaucer" (DNB).

Sidney's Defence of Poetry is one of the first pieces of sustained literary theory in English, and puts forward many of the ideas that still underlie English literary education today.