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Description - The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney

Basilus, a foolish old duke, consults an oracle as he imperiously wishes to know the future, but he is less than pleased with what he learns. To escape the oracle's horrific prophecies about his family and kingdom he withdraws into pastoral retreat with his wife and two daughters. When a pair of wandering princes fall in love with the princesses and adopt disguises to gain access to them, all manner of complications, both comic and serious, ensue. Part-pastoral romance, part-heroic epic, Sidney's long narrative work was hugely popular for centuries after its first publication in 1593, inspiring two sequels and countless imitations, and contributing greatly to the development of the novel.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140431117
ISBN-10: 014043111X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 50mm)
Pages: 880
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Sep-1977
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sir Philip Sidney

Sir Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586) became one of the Elizabethan Age'smost prominent figures. Famous in his day in England as a poet, courtier and soldier, he remains known as a writer of sonnets.