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England's Helicon: Fountains in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Hester Lees-Jeffries


This book is about one of the most important features of early modern gardens: the fountain. It is also a detailed study of works by Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, and Ben Jonson, and of an influential Italian romance, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Fountains were ‘strong points’ in the iconography and structure of gardens, symbolically loaded and interpretatively dense, soliciting the most active engagement possible from those who encountered them. This book is not a simple motif study of fountains in English Renaissance literature: it is, rather, an investigation of how each might work; of h ... More

Keywords: early modern English gardens, garden fountains, English Renaissance literature, Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, iconography of gardens

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230785
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hester Lees-Jeffries, author
Fellow and College Lecturer in English, St Catharine's College, Cambridge