The Faerie Queene

Adaption and derivative works

Numerous adaption in the form of children's literature have been made - the work was a popular choice in the 19th and early 20th century with over 20 different versions written, with the earliest being E.W. Bradburn's Legends from Spencer's Fairy Queen, for Children (1829) written in the form of a dialogue between mother and children - the 19th century versions oft concentrated on the moral aspect of the tale.[49] In terms of the English-speaking world adaptions of the work were relatively more popular in the United Kingdom than in the United States compared to contemporary works like Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, presumably due to the differences in appeal of the intended audiences (Royal court vs Ordinary people) and their relative appeal to the general American readership.[50]

The Edwardian era was particularly rich in adaption for children, and the works richly illustrated, with contributing artists including A.G. Walker, Gertrude Demain Hammond, T.H. Robinson, Frank C. Papé, Brinsley Le Fanu, and H.J. Ford.[50] Additionally Walter Crane illustrated a six volume collection of the complete work, published 1897, considered a great example of the Arts and Crafts movement.[51][52]

According to Richard Simon Keller, George Lucas's Star Wars film also contains elements of a loose adaption, as well as being influenced by other works, with parallels including the story of the Red Cross Knight championing Una against the evil Archimago in the original compared with Lucas's Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. Keller sees extensive parallels between the film and book one of Spenser's work, stating "Almost everything of importance that we see in the Star Wars movie has its origin in The Faerie Queene, from small details of weaponry and dress to large issues of chivalry and spirituality".[53]


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