Samuel Daniel

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  • Miles Layram (University of York)

During a writing career which was sustained by tutoring work and by various types of patronage, and which included, early on, periods spent in Italy and France, Samuel Daniel produced a body of work notable for the excellence attained not only within poetry, but also within other types of written composition, including historical narrative and poetic theory.

The literary work for which Daniel is now best known is the sonnet cycle Delia. Twenty-seven of these lyrics were appended, without his permission, to a pirated edition of Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella in 1591, and the following year saw the official publication of the fifty-poem version, more being added in subsequent editions. Delia is one of the …

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Layram, Miles . "Samuel Daniel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 May 2015
[, accessed 28 August 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. The Sonnet Tradition