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Pierre de Ronsard.

Francois Rouget. Pierre de Ronsard Pierre de Ronsard, commonly referred to as Ronsard (September 11, 1524 – December, 1585), was a French poet and "prince of poets" (as his own generation in France called him). .

Bibliographie des Ecrivains Francais. Paris: Memini, 2005. 528 pp. index. bibl. [euro]85. ISBN ISBN
International Standard Book Number

ISBN International Standard Book Number

ISBN n abbr (= International Standard Book Number) → ISBN m 
: 88-86609-48-5.

Renaissance poetry has been well served by the ambitious new bibliographical series, Bibliographie des Ecrivains Francais. Volumes on Tyard, Du Bartas, La Ceppede, Baif, and d'Aubigne have already appeared since the project was initiated in 1997. Others on Sceve, Theophile de Viau, and Du Bellay have been announced for the near future, with many more to come. The most recent volume on Ronsard, prepared with immense care and erudition by Francois Rouget, is the longest and most complex to date. Like all volumes in the series it is beautifully produced, printed, and laid out on the page, making it a real pleasure to consult. Separate sections are devoted to editions of Ronsard's works--including all extant autograph and allograph A writing or signature made by one person for another.

When a principal gives his or her agent the power to pay creditors, the checks written by the agent are allographs for the principal.

An autograph is the opposite of an allo-graph.
 manuscripts, partial and complete original editions, musical editions and settings, publications in collective volumes, critical editions, and translations into fifteen different languages--bibliographical studies, biographical studies, general studies, focused studies, and a catalogue of reviews of the most important books on Ronsard. Rouget has sensibly chosen to organize the enormous section on focused studies by dividing these into four large subsections: (1) Ronsard's poetry, further subdivided into the twelve more-or-less generic categories corresponding to the eleven sections of the 1584 CEuvres and the "derniers vers vers
versed sine
"; (2) Ronsard's prose and Latin works; (3) poetry and music, including not only scholarship but also a discography dis·cog·ra·phy
Examination of the intervertebral disk space using x-rays after injection of contrast media into the disk.
 of musical settings by composers from Clement Jannequin to Francis Poulenc; (4) reception. No system for organizing such a vast and variegated field is perfect, of course, and many items could reasonably have been classified otherwise or included in more than one of Rouget's far-from-watertight categories. But the system adopted by Rouget is as adequate as any that can be imagined and an index of key words helps readers locate books and articles on virtually any subject they might want to look for. Subject searches will presumably pre·sum·a·ble  
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster.
 be even easier with the CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
 in full compact disc read-only memory

Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser).
 version that is promised for all volumes in the BEF BEF

The ISO 4217 currency code for Belgian Franc.
 series, but because no such version has yet appeared (at least none was included with my review copy) I was unable to put this to the test.

There are bound to be some omissions in such a vast record, but the impression of exhaustiveness is overwhelming and the references contained in all entries are complete and detailed and appear to be highly accurate. What makes this new bibliography especially useful, however, is the astonishing a·ston·ish  
tr.v. as·ton·ished, as·ton·ish·ing, as·ton·ish·es
To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise.
 fact that every one of its 2,901 entries is accompanied by a brief summary or commentary. Some of these, understandably, are rather general, but a surprising number are remarkably full, detailed, and extremely helpful. This is precisely the kind of guidance that makes critical bibliographies so much more useful than annual updates like the Klapp and MLA MLA
Modern Language Association

MLA n abbr (BRIT POL) (= Member of the Legislative Assembly) → miembro de la asamblea legislativa

MLA (Brit
 bibliographies, as indispensable as these may be. One of my own favorites is still the generously annotated, though admittedly highly selective, sixteenth-century volume of the Cabeen Critical Bibliography of French Literature as revised in 1985 by Raymond C. La Charite and his team (which includes a section on Ronsard edited by Bodo Richter and Isidore Silver that is still useful today). The problem with such enterprises is that, like new cars, they begin to lose their value almost immediately. The BEF has addressed this problem with the promise of an online version and regular five-year updates for all its volumes. It remains to be seen when this process will begin and how it will work, but if the promise can be kept and an online version can be developed that is sufficiently user-friendly, then students of Ronsard will have at their disposal a precious critical bibliography that will remain current well beyond the publication date of this volume. In the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile
, Francois Rouget has provided us with a virtually complete record and expert bibliographical guide to Ronsard and Ronsard scholarship in all major languages, from 1549 to 2005. This is an indispensable research tool and a real treasure of a book.


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