The Sky in Early Modern English Literature

A Study of Allusions to Celestial Events in Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing, 1572-1620

Authors: Levy, David H.

  • Inspires readers to look for their own connections between astronomy and literature, and expand their own ideas to find links between art or music and the sky
  • Offers an enjoyable and informative read, opening links between science, the arts, and history 
  • Explores both astronomy and Shakespearian literature with compelling depth and supportive illustrations 
  • Written by a famous comet discoverer and science editor
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When a dissertation gets completed, the normal rule is that it is never read. By anyone.  David H. Levy’s dissertation - The Sky in Early Modern English Literature:  A Study of Allusions to Celestial Events in Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing, 1572-1620 - is different.  It opens a whole new interdisciplinary field, which involves the beautiful relationship between the night sky and the works of the early modern period of English Literature.  Although the sky enters into much of literature through the ages, the period involving William Shakespeare and his colleagues is particularly rich. 

             When Shakespeare was about 8 years old, his father probably took him outside his Stratford home into their northward-facing back yard.  There, father and son gazed upon the first great new star visible in the past 500 years, shining forth as brightly as Venus, and even visible in daylight.  This new star, which we now know as a supernova, completely unhinged old ideas about the cosmos.  Combined with a parade of bright comets, a second bright new star in 1604, and a series of eclipses, people began to look at the sky more seriously.  In this book, Levy explores how the sky of that period was reflected in its literature.

             Levy’s ultimate goal in this book is to inspire his readers to do the same thing as their ancestors did so long ago—look at the sky and appreciate how those long-gone authors read the sky.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sky in Early Modern English Literature
Book Subtitle
A Study of Allusions to Celestial Events in Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing, 1572-1620
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-7814-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-7814-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-0142-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 111
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