Willobie His Avisa

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The libel Willobie his Avisa is clearly imitating a specific work by the poet George Gascoigne called Hundreth Sundry Flowers . Direct quotes are taken from this book This work was a scandalous Roman a clef that was revealing courtly scandal. Willobie His Avisa has been written in quite an archaic fashion and Hadrian Dorrell tries to make us believe that it dates to the lifetime of George Gascoigne who died in 1577. I don't believe any of this . First of all Richard Barnfield was a great admirer of George Gascoigne and described him as being an immortal poet. Barnfield also imitated a number of Gascoignes poems. I think The author of Willobie His Avisa deliberately imitated George Gascoignes work in a bid to escape detection . ( Few people would suspect that a very young writer would use an archaic writing style). I think George Gascoigne had nothing to do with Willobie His Avisa and I definitely dont think the work was written in the 1570's . Willobie His Avisa contains direct quotes from Robert Greene ( Whose earliest works date to 1583) and also from much more recent books. Despite Hadrian Dorrells attempts at confabulation I firmly date the libel to 1594 and think that it is referring to events that occured during that year.
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