Spenser & the Earl

When Edmund Spenser first showed sections of the Faerie Queene to the Earl of Southampton, the man was so enchanted by what he read that he commanded one of his servants to "go and bear Master Spenser a gift of twenty pounds."

Further reading led to further generosity: "Go and bear Master Spenser another twenty pounds," he ordered.

Some time later he issued a final demand: "Go turn that fellow out of my house," he cried, "for I shall be ruined if I read further!"

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