Frances Berkeley Young (essay date 1912)
SOURCE: "Lady Pembroke as Editor, Translator, and Author," in Mary Sidney: Countess of Pembroke, Long Acre, 1912, pp. 123-49.
[In the following excerpt, Young conducts a brief review of both Sidney's career and the scholarship that had unearthed her manuscripts and significance by the early twentieth century.]
Any survey of Lady Pembroke's literary work should naturally begin with her brother's novel, 'Arcadia,' and her connection with that work. The permanent form in which that famous romance has come down to us is a form determined in great part by Lady Pembroke, to whom the book itself is dedicated. As is well known, she—after her brother's death—acted as editor...
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