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A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner: Anne Locke’s Sonnet Sequence

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Before Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare, there was Anne Locke. Tucked away in the back of a collection of John Calvin’s sermons published in 1560, A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner was the original first sonnet sequence published in the English language. Few texts offer a richer example of the writings by women that still lie buried in the Renaissance. Kel Morin-Parson’s edition of A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner: Written in Maner of a Paraphrase upon the 51. Psalme of David provides the only clean and accurate modern edition of this important sonnet sequence and includes an introduction that establishes Locke as an important figure in English literary history.



  • A conservatively modernized and annotated text
  • An informative introduction detailing Locke’s life and her relation to John Knox and the Protestant reformation in England, along with an assessment of Locke as a writer.
  • An annotated bibliography of secondary sources
  • A facsimile of the 1560 title-page



Forthcoming: received by Sixteenth-Century Journal, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Early Modern Literary Studies, Renaissance Quarterly, and English Studies in Canada.



A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner: Anne Locke’s Sonnet Sequence

ISBN 0-921075-19-7 (library)

………$30 CDN

ISBN 0-921075-21-9 (paper)

………$16 CDN
Class A library binding

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